"A bit of earth?" Uncle Archibald is incredulous. Her request is granted and Mary, finally, has been given a reason to experience joy.
Her plot of earth is, of course, her aunt's garden. Walled in and locked away like some precious relic, too painful to be brought out and gazed upon, she brings it back to life, and consequently, her family and herself as well.
For Christmas this year, I have asked for something simple. A plot of earth. And some seeds.
I want a garden and the only way I will get one is if Santa himself brings it to me.
Our front yard is the only location where we get enough sunlight to grow things. Would you not be breathless if you drove by and saw raised beds, lovingly tended, burgeoning with beautiful fruits and vegetables growing in it? I would.
I have been perusing the Seed Savers catalog online and have found some extraordinary heirloom plants that I just know would be extraordinarily happy at my house.
Like these Vermont Cranberry Beans:
Or these beautiful Flageolet Beans:
Or these incredibly colored Dragon Carrots:
I would be as happy as a pig in mud if I could have these growing in my little potager.
And so, my dear husband, to answer the inevitable question, "What would you like for Christmas?", my answer is simple; "A garden."
I am really very easy to please.