Monday, September 1, 2008

Enthusiasm is Contagious

I have a plaque on my wall that says, "Enthusiasm is nothing more or less than faith in action." I don't know what else to say about that, but I love it! I also love that other people's enthusiasm can rub off on me and give me the kick in the pants that I need sometimes.

I realized that the reason I love canning peaches is because the first time I did it was with a friend that loved it. She was giddy with delight as she taught me all the ins and outs of the task. She would be gathering lids and rings and then spontaneously stop and look into the sink full of sliced peaches and say, "aren't they beautiful?" Then she would whisk her hands through them just to feel their fruitiness and sometimes pull out a piece to eat. I didn't get it then, but I caught the bug and get it now. Next year I'm going to suck some of my friends in with me.

Today I was working outside with Bill and decided to give my garden a go. There is a small 4 by 4 area that has not been entirely overtaken by grass so I decided to dig it up and run my fingers through the dirty goodness of the soil. I pulled out the bulk of the weeds and even saw a skinny little wormie (that I named Hermie) digging his way through the earth. What a delight! I was hot, sweaty, probably stinky, and I even ended up with dirt in my eye. Why would this be any fun? Hmm, who do we know that is enthusiastic about gardening? Crystal you are killing me, but thanks for the incentive to get a small area going. I'm following your lead so bring me home baby. Tell me when, where, and what to plant!

OOOH! I can't believe I forgot the enthusiasm that saved me from homeschooling Kyra! Thanks April for being such a hip-hoppity nut with the delightful, peaceful, enthusiast leaps of joy that surged from your tiny little body over to Desert Marigold school. (Did that even make sense?!) I would have thought myself a nut for even considering that school (based on her teacher recommendations), but with you on board it was such an easy transition! We're all just a bunch of nuts in this fruit bowl of life.


Marie said...

I agree with your title. Crystal is a great motivator. She inspires me with almost every post she does.

Crystal said...

You can suck me in next year for the fruity splendor that is peach canning season. I can't wait. Of course I will tell you what to plant with your garden. That's what I do when I'm not telling people everything else that is on my mind. I can come over and give you some tips maybe on Friday. I'll let you know for sure.

The Turley Times said...

Maybe you can run your fingers through my garden once we get some dirt in it?

Tori said...

Tami, right? We are getting ready for our annual Brigham City Peach Days this weekend.

FizixMamma said...

I'm excited for the Peach days parade tomarrow afterwards we go to my Great grandma's (we as in lots of extended family) and we have lunch and homemade peach ice cream

H said...

Yes Tori, that was Tami :)

Also everyone please read the added paragraph. I totally left out my enthusiast fanatical friend, April who saved our household from the sure death of homeschooling.