We closed the gardens on Saturday, since it was such a warm day.
It's all hands on deck when that big job looms between me and the (real) Holidays.
But this year, all hands meant only 6 - Husband, My Youngest and myself.
One of us was less than enthusiastic about spending Saturday afternoon this way.
And it wasn't those of us over twenty years of age.
Now listen, I know it's way more effective to motivate an un-motivated teenager by
praising positive effort and casting a vision of the many
satisfactions of a job well done
than it is to
goad and fuss, or prompt and point.
Encouragement is always better than prodding - that seems easy to agree with, doesn't it?
But when I want something to be done, I find it so, so hard to discipline myself to stay on the right side!
And in a nutshell, that's what parenting is REALLY all about, isn't it?
Yes, there are lots of hugs and warmth and blessing abound,
but I don't think it's hard to admit that it's also the Refiner's fire at times.
The poor kid probably thought I was having some sort of personality disorder eruption right there
in the middle of the lamb's ear patch. One moment pleasant and smiling, encouraging ---
then frowning, huffing and haranguing. It's a battle, people!
*** Making a side note of the obvious - these photos! ***
One of the jobs on Saturday was removing old hydrangea blooms. The weight of a heavy snowfall(or ice) can break the canes if the mopheads remain on the bush through the winter, so it's better to take them off as part of the fall clean-up.
An easy, standing up sort of job! Clip and toss! It's freeing! They just blow away!
What teenager wouldn't want that job, I ask you?
Look how the deep blue color fades top to bottom from this bloom - is that cool or what? You can see on some individual petals how the color is fading to brown - brown and sky blue on the same petals! Beauty in the most ordinary, disposable items! The Father is certainly lavish in His displays of splendor!