This, in Lloyd, is big, big doin's. No. Seriously. I am so excited.
I was thinking yesterday about how when we go to Mexico, the little island of Cozumel, THAT is city-life to me. The shops, the stores, the restaurants, the broad ocean-front road, the traffic, the churches, the homes, the markets, the hustle and bustle of it all. And yet, I feel a bit disingenuous when I tell people that I live in the country because I do have neighbors on three sides of me. Yes, we have the amenities of country living in that we have a garden and chickens and ducks, but we also have neighbors. And a post office. And a dump. And a truck stop. And the office of the water system. And churches.
Papa Jay's is going to be a big, huge deal here. I hope they are good people and if they are, I wish them great luck.
It is so gray today. 100% chance of rain tonight which will be lovely on the newly planted peas and potatoes. When I went to the dump yesterday, the attendant is a man whom I do not see there very often. He is kind and helpful and we talked about the weather and that led to me telling him that my husband was planting the potatoes at that very moment.
"I need to do that too," he said.
"And it's time to plant peas," I said.
"Yes it is," he agreed. "I plants lots of peas."
"What kind?" I asked.
"Oh, all kinds. White acre, crowder, black-eyed peas..."
"How big is your garden?" I asked him.
"Forty acres," he said modestly.
"FORTY ACRES! That's not a garden. That's a farm!"
"I just mess with it. I love it," he said. "I was raised to live off the land. Makes me happy."
I fell a little in love with him. And now I will be thinking of him growing his greens and his watermelons, his Silver Queen corn, his beautiful white acre peas, tending his "garden" on his tractor. Being happy.
All right. Here's a thing I really want to do in Lloyd. With all of my heart.
I could put it in the little park area by the post office or even in my front yard, in front of the fence. Mr. Moon MUST build me one. I can't think of anything that would make me happier.
Shopping at the Goodwill for children's books, for adult books. Seeing what people take, what they leave. If they do.
Oh! I have to do this.
I've been aware of this sweet trend for awhile but it just struck my heart when Lis and I were in Tallahassee and saw one that I had to do this in Lloyd.
Well. That's about all I have to say. I think I will have a day of mostly solitude today. The boys are not coming out, Mr. Moon is going to auction. I will be here with the cats and the birds. The robins are flocking in and are all over Lloyd and in my backyard too. They are moving northwards but will be here for awhile to eat and plump up. They are such cheerful signs of spring. I tell all of you who live in colder places that your robins are on their way. They have simply taken time in their journey to rest and feed. You will see them soon. I will think of all of you tenderly when they take flight and leave, hoping that when you see the robins this year, you, in turn, will think of me.