Monday, May 2, 2011
In the Garden
I wasn't going to go out today. Sometimes I have to stay home and take care of things around the house. But then I got into a Facebook spat with some folks who were dancing on Bin Laden's grave. I suggested that returning evil for evil was not going to heal the wounds of 9/11, and that the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis and Afghanis who had nothing to do with 9/11 was also a terrible crime. Well, one can just imagine how that was received! Among the kindest of the calumny heaped on my head was the query, What planet did I come from? Hmmm . . . . Well, I believe I honor my planet at least as well as most folks do, and I also believe in and worship the One who created it and loves every one of its inhabitants, not just the Americans. But I knew it was fruitless to continue the argument, so I shut down my computer and fled to the Yaddo wildflower garden.
As it turned out, this was my lucky day. The Twinleaf at Yaddo had opened its buds for its moment of bloom, and I was there to witness it. The slightest breath of breeze will dislodge the snowy petals of this rare flower, and tomorrow's rain will surely bring its season to a prompt close. This flower is a good reminder that life is brief and that we should live it well. I was happy to spend an hour in its company.