It’s Spring in Ireland, which means it’s after Brigit’s Day, February 1st. It’s time. to start. gardening! Every Autumn, I scrounge around the garden for seeds like a squirrel getting ready to hibernate. I tell myself the same lie: I won’t need to buy seeds in the spring because I saved ALL THESE! Hooray! I’m so smart and thrifty!
While technically, I have many seeds, I always need more seeds!
If you’ve ever seen this bag sitting between my mother and me, you might have noticed the shouting, cursing, the accusations of cheating or making things up. If you’ve dipped your own hand into this bag, chances are you joined in the shouting and cursing and real or imagined cheating. You also would have laughed your head off with us, gasping for breath, trying to get made-up words out of your mouth. You might have sat there for hours with us on a Summer morning, drinking cup after cup of coffee, the caffeine making your hands shake and your brain sharp listening to a tiny Filipino woman make fun of you for being so bad at the game. You would be reminded that you grew up speaking English and you were still getting your ass kicked by someone for whom English wasn’t even a first (or second) language. She had a hundred words you never heard before and a face that made it impossible to tell when she was bluffing. I’d give anything to sit with her again and shout and her for three hours and listen to her laugh at me. Glunches? Seriously, mom?
It’s winter, and winter means hibernating and crochet. It’s been a difficult few months, so I’m hibernating extra hard. I made this hat for my niece for Christmas, but it was pretty boring, by 4 year old standards. I told her it was okay if she didn’t like it, to which she immediately replied “yeah I don’t like it…” I’m trying to fancy-pants it up with some unicorn swag, and I think she might (might!) like it better. I know that if she doesn’t, she’ll let me know!