Five Minute Friday — Garden

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. You might remember the task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker ( who thought why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

As a preface, Lisa Jo has added her own back story before unveiling the prompt. It’s sort of a “why” the word was chosen. I’ll get back to that in a minute.

This week’s prompt is GARDEN. Truth be known, although my color is green, my thumb isn’t. Gardens are not my friend. In fact, I would be just as happy if they weren’t even acquaintances.

I suppose I could have gone a little more philosophical, but instead chose to go more tongue-in-cheek this week. After all, if you’re writing about something you have little knowledge of, sometimes satire can help {although this is actually a true story}.

But before I do, let’s return to Lisa Jo’s back story. It’s at the end of her latest post at and deals with a project born out of love — the Maubane Community Center in South Africa — after God started working on her heart to see her blog as a door and herself the door holder who gets to invite people into this remarkable story.

Her plan was to use her blog community as a springboard to build one South African community a safe place for sustainable food, child care, economic empowerment, job skills trainings, a gathering place for church, classrooms for HIV/Aids education and a playground for their kids.

This plan has been a year in the making and the goal is to raise money between Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day to fund the entire project . Phase 1 is a community vegetable garden {watered by the water point Lisa Jo’s blogging community helped build last fall}. Phase 2 is a community kitchen and Welcome Center. Phase 3 is a Community Outreach Hall. Phase 4 is 12 classrooms. Phase 5 — the final phase — is a playground. The price tag has been set at $150,000.

That’s the back story that led to this week’s prompt GARDEN — because it’s the first phase of this love story. So I’m doing my little part to hold the door open and invite as many as I can into Lisa Jo’s story. I encourage anyone interested to stop by her site for the full story. It’s fascinating.

But it’s time for this week’s writing task at hand. The timer is set and the clock starts NOW.

Despite my displeasure for gardening, my dear wife did convince, con, nag, persuade me into putting one in when we moved into our house in Illinois. Even if I am not 100% in agreement with a project, once I set my mind to it I invest 100% energy. So we mapped out the garden. I tilled, I fertilized, I tilled some more, she bailed at the first site of a worm, I planted, we prayed over it, I fenced in the area, I watered {of course every time I did, it rained despite clear sunny skies}, I weeded (probably more lettuce than weeds}, I shooed away more bunnies than I realized existed {they must have been busing them in from other neighborhoods}, I waited {and waited and waited}, I harvested.

Okay the total take was about six ears of corn, enough lettuce for a meal or two, some tomatoes {the only thing that really flourished, even if they were on the small size}, some very funny looking carrots, some beans, about two dozen cucumbers, a pumpkin {as in one} — calluses, a sore back and aching muscles.

It wasn’t particularly the harvest I had in mind, which led me to ask why I went through all that work … STOP

… especially when there are so many farm stands around.

So here’s to the farmers and green thumbed gardeners. I’m quite content leaving my produce supply up to the professionals.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important.

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4 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Garden

  1. jrlynas says:

    I would encourage you to try again, but you’re right, there are an abundance of farm stands. Yet, the are few things in this world that compare with picking and eating a fresh tomato out of your own garden. You are an honest writer. God bless…


  2. I love reading your 5MF – the male perspective 🙂
    No, not every one of us has a green thumb but thumb’s up to you (yes, pun intended) for helping your wife plant a garden!
    See you next week!


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