On Saturday, 11th December, our daughter, NGirl, and our grandson, MKid, and NGirls' partner, WGuy, drove 1500kms to spend Christmas with us. A 17 hour trip, which began on a Friday night at 6.15 pm and ended at 11.00 am on the Saturday morning.
The first part of the trip was stormy and very wet, but that, thankfully, kept the other cars off the road - apparently they had the road almost to themselves - even the long distance lorry drivers had pulled over to the side of the road to sleep!
I am so grateful that they left when they did - since then the holidays have started and over 200 people have been killed on our roads nationwide.
Apparently, during the drive, MKid told WGuy in some detail that his Nana had a veggie garden, and he always helps his Nana with it.
Sure enough, the first evening they were here, I needed to pick salad from the garden for our dinner. And, naturally, MKid did most of the work. His delight in picking (and quickly eating 5 or 6) ripe, warm cherry tomatoes from the vine, snipping fresh, crisp lettuce leaves off the plant, and yanking carrots and radishes out of the ground was honey to my eyes. Snipping chives, rocket and green beans off the mother plant - he even found the last 10 peas in their pods - his and RMan's favourite!
I do so wish I'd had my camera with me that first evening - as he was walking back into the house carrying his bounty carefully, he went up to his mum, and with a mouth dripping with tomato juice, said, "Look what we got from Nana's garden"! The pride and excitement in his voice - just too precious.
How wonderful to be able to show my grandson that it is not necessary to buy everything from a shop. That with a little bit of planning, and a little bit more work, one can produce food for oneself. I firmly believe that teaching the young to do something so simple can have far reaching benefits. Hopefully, his lasting memory of me will be one like this! And that he, too, may have his own vegetable garden one day.
As he drifted off to sleep that night his last words were: "Nana, we need to pick more salad tomorrow".
We did :-)
"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003