Being a homemaker, in the traditional sense, usually means you put everyone else’s needs before your own. You just wait around. If you’re very capable or maybe simply lucky, you get to enjoy a bit of ME TIME somewhere in between the day. If you’re like me, who moves like a heavily pregnant snail, ME TIME is just some luxury you can’t afford.
But still, you need to strike a balance before the chaos swallows you in. For me, the best way is to daydream. Daydreaming can be conducted at any time of the day which is convenient for people like us who’re usually physically stuck somewhere. And it does lift your mood and make the chores seem more enjoyable.
Few days ago, while I was working by the kitchen sink as well as daydreaming (as usual!), some unusual sight in the garden caught my eyes.
I couldn’t believe it! These gigantic flowers seemed to have come out from nowhere overnight! How did that happen?! Like crouching tiger and hidden dragons? Why didn’t I notice their existence while actually working diligently on sunning (or rather, airing?) laundry in the garden almost every other day?
The sight of the plumpy balloon-like flowers was such a treat which really made my day.
And as I was slowly walking back towards the house, more marvels of Mother Nature unfolded. I started to suspect that something might be wrong with my eyes… How can I not notice them?!
Frankly, I was then quite nervous about the decision of renting the house because it means I’d have to take care of the garden as well. The truth is, I am a total idiot when it comes to gardening. However, I know God will never give me any task that I’m unable to handle. What’s more, I believe the best lessons in life are learnt through errors of the past and the errors of the past are the wisdom of the future. Well, though I do skip the wisdom part from time to time…
不過，很顯然，我對於園藝的無知程度，著實折磨我那些綠拇指鄰居。例如老約翰，他幾乎天天都泡在他的花園裡，三兩天就推著除草機幫草地美容，看得我十分汗顏，因為自從搬進來後，我還沒有動過花園裡的任何東西，徹底地放牛吃草。那一天，去丟廚餘的時候，正好和老約翰打照面（我們之間的籬笆很矮），看到他把樹枝枯葉一一丟進 brown bin，我說你好勤勞喔！真是令我很無顏以對自己的花園～他笑笑地說，我一直要問你說！我可以幫你除草啊！。。。
It was very obvious that my ignorance of gardening indeed tortured my green-thumbed neighbours who spend most of their time in the gardens working wonders. One day, after I complimented John on his beautifully trimmed lawn which really put my mine in shame, he beamed at me, “I can do it for you! I meant to ask you actually…”
Wow! How lucky I am! Thank you, John!! Thank you, God!!
This mass of bloom at our front door has become a mini jungle and I’m still trying to figure out what to do with it…