Sunday, March 29, 2009
Sad sad sad...
The garden was perking along. We were fascinated by the potatoes, which were growing vigorously, white blossoms breaking out on the ones that would grow white spuds, and purply ones on the reds. We couldn't wait to dig them, though it would be months before the new potatoes would be big enough.
The eggplants and tomatoes were racing each other to produce the first fruit.
The peas were so good we stood in the garden eating them off the vine, even though they were still quite small.
The beans were making bean blossoms, and those were turning into baby beans...
And amidst all this joy in the garden, and the fulfillment of much planning and waiting, and despite all the sweet little buds growing into real little beans and peas,
And right there where the baby goats entertained us, and tried to reach the tiny crabapples starting to form beneath the beautiful and abundant pink flowers...
I woke up one morning with an all too familiar feeling, and before the day was out I had had another miscarriage.
Two in a row was bad news.
My doctor generously proclaimed that I would never have another child.
The object of my every thought was no more.
And without children - an infinite string of children - what was the point of the farm? All this work was for the long-term, for EVER. And suddenly the end of the road loomed up and stifled the very purpose of all our hard work.
Well, not all. We had a 7 year old son. A 9 year old daughter. Another son who had just turned 11. We were very blessed.
But my arms felt empty, and my heart more so. I could enjoy what I had, but my whole vision of eternity - endless increase - was stifled.
It was a sad sad sad day. . . . . .