I tried to get the Spy (he’s eight) to write this post.
I asked him, “What should I write about today?”
Me: “Thin Lizzy is better than Journey, they’re the greatest band ever.”
“No, Led Zeppelin is the greatest band. Then Journey, THEN Thin Lizzy.”
Me: “I’m trying to be educational. I need some kind of how-to type topic.”
“Ok…How about ‘How to live a good life.’?”
Me: “Sure! And that would entail…”
“How not to live in a neighborhood where you can’t have a garden or a fire pit.”
Me: “Some people like living in neighborhoods.”
“Well, if you don’t care about a fire pit or a garden then you suck.”
Me: “Well, it’s not nice to insult people.”
“It’s not an insult, it’s helping them realize how to live a good life.”
I do agree that it is absolutely ridiculous that neighborhood associations make rules against gardens and fire pits . Cars up on blocks? Rusty tin-roofed sheds? Chain-link fences? I understand regulations against these type of eye sores. But a vegetable garden? Even if it is just a 10’ x 10’ square of dirt, that is just not an eyesore. And a fire pit?
Our deer fence is not the most attractive thing. I do wish it could be fence-less garden, but the deer are voracious. I refuse to believe my fence could negatively affect the neighbor’s property values. I mean, even Martha Stewart has a deer fence (around the perimeter of her entire property) AND a fence around her vegetable garden.
Alas, many neighborhoods have rules against gardens and fire pits. So I get why the Spy struggles in understanding the logic of such silly rules.
But, even if there are rules against an in-ground garden where you live, you can still garden.
Just buy regular potting soil. Put it in a pot. Put some seeds in and water. It’s not rocket science.
A great thing to grow in a container is lettuce or spinach. The best spinach I ever grew was in big pots.
As for the firepit…I don’t think I can advise you in building a fire on a deck or a porch or a terrace (if you live in a yardless home). But if you do have a yard, dig a hole. Put rocks around it. Burn wood. Roast marshmallows. It’s very enjoyable.
I guess “How to Live a Good Life” is a pretty ambitious topic for an evening when I have no desire to write much of anything.
But I’ll give it a go…
Finding a few things to enjoy in your leisure time that involve being outdoors is the secret to living a good life. Being creative and expressive in such pursuits is a definite bonus. Gardening, hiking, unicycling, rock-collecting, playing games…whatever you like; just being in nature helps you connect to God’s wonderful creation!
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22