Friday, May 08, 2009

The Art of Gardening


At this time of the year, I like to escape the studio to spend time in my garden.

I love the smell of the warm earth after a long cold winter. As if reading my mind, my friend Gerry Glavin sent me this funny story.

An old man lived alone in nearby Kingston County. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard.

His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. So he wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:

Dear Vincent,
I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won't be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days. Love, Dad

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Dad,
Don't dig up that garden. That's where the bodies are buried.

Love, Vinnie


At 4 a.m. the next morning, the RCMP and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left.

That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Dad,
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now.
That's the best I could do under the circumstances.

Love you,
Vinnie

6 comments:

Andrée Fredette said...

Oh Kit,
Loved it!
Too bad I don't have a son in the pen, to send out the RCMP and turn over that vegetable bed!

Andrée
(who has a back ache)

Olga said...

That has raised just the smile I needed! Thanks

Kit Vincent said...

Andree,
just thinking about turning all that soil over gives me a back ache...but then ah... those tomatoes!

Hi Olga,
you're very welcome!

Moira said...

Hi Kit,

loved the story. Do you know the book, Gardens as a Work of Art? One of my favorite inspirational books!

Kit Vincent said...

Moira,
No I haven't...but I am real interested. No luck with Amazon. Do you have an ISBN or author's name?

Thanks

Kit

Judy Martin said...

Kit
I laughed out loud to read Vinnie's letters. Thanks for that.