Writer’s Block: When Bad Things Happen To Good Gardens

writers-blockby Corinne Wnek

I’m getting jaded from all the bad news on TV. Every night we hear about job losses, debt and the ever escalating cost of living. In case we missed it the night before, the morning news papers re-cap it again for us. I don’t need a super-sized container of caffeine to get me going at 6 a.m. Fear has the same effect in getting me out the door.

I need to stop and smell those roses everyone talks about. But the trouble is those roses, like all the other flowers in my once beautiful garden, are now drying up and getting ugly, like the economy. I feel the doom of impending loss in losing expensive old friends that made my backyard so beautiful. If my garden could talk, this is probably what I’d hear:

Flowers: “Oh the sun feels so good after the rain!”

Evergreens: “Well, little guys, enjoy it while you can ‘cause I hear you’re being replaced.”

Flowers: “Replaced? We like it here. We want to put down roots here.”

Evergreens: “Nah. You got bum information. There’s no future here. You’re annuals, remember?”

Roses: “Ahh, it’s been a long, hot season. I can’t wait to settle in for the next couple of months for a much deserved winters nap. It’s not easy producing fragrant blooms all summer long, you know.”

Evergreens: “There you go again, talking about how hard you work. At least you get to sleep. You think it’s easy staying green 24 / 7 all year long? “

Flowers: “There must be something we can do. We get tons of compliments. Remember that dog-walking old busy body who comes down our street every night? She can’t take her eyes off of us.”

Roses: “You guys don’t get it. You’re a one shot wonder and too expensive. Why, one blast of cold air and you’re all goners. Who can justify that? You’re as good as outta here.”

Evergreens: “Hey, it ain’t the end of the world. At least not for us. But who knows? If the economy improves, you annuals might be back. Ya gotta think positively.”

Roses: “You know, all this talk is starting to spook me. What if I don’t bloom next season or I lose my beautiful smell? What will become of me?”

Annuals: “They’ll downsize you, too and you’ll probably be outta here!”

I have to turn off the TV.


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