Resilient as... Eggplant
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Our autumn temperatures are slowly falling. While the nights are cool and comfortable, its still well over 90 during the day. For the past couple of weeks, I have been assessing my gardens, removing dead plants, cutting back stems, and deciding if I want to replant a winter garden. Between the cost of the water and a very full plate, I am not sure what to do. A few of my tomato plants have sent out fresh shoots and new blooms, but for the most part, they are brown and withered.
One of the pots that previously held eggplants, then was replanted with tomatoes over the spring and summer, all on its own decided to grow another eggplant. We tried, really tried to like eggplant, but inspite of all the different ways it was prepared, neither one of us like to eat those pretty purple veggies. So, I decided not to water it, and hoped it would just dry up and go away. No such luck. It is now a healthy, bushy plant that not only bloomed, but has young fruit emerging. Anything that works that hard to survive deserves to be watered.
Our art festival/craft show season begins this weekend and we have 3 shows a month through December and we are scheduled through April. The schedule can be grueling and its less than fun trying to fit watering and gardening into an already packed schedule. Plus we are still trying to fight the mental heath system for our son. He is currently in the hospital, but they told him he would be released to a group home today or tomorrow. This is not a good thing. He has tried and failed over and over in the past 2 almost 3 months. He has not improved, his meds are still not working properly and he is still hearing/seeing things. He needs more care than the group homes provide.
We have had to enlist help from NAMI, as well as a supervisor from the group that oversees the mental health group my son is in. The process is frustrating, and at times horribly draconian. The last time they released him to a motel with no food. He is a paranoid schizophrenic and could not cope.
My husband and I need to be an eggplant....tough, resilient, and keep going no matter what is thrown at us.