Thursday, December 01, 2005


Now that I've kind of defined what an aging gardener might be (and be thinking), perhaps we should think of what it might be that ails him or her.
Let's talk about common "afflictions". There's arthritis which is probably the most common. There are new joints that should, but perhaps don't bend quite the way they used to. There are heart conditions that render us exhausted after we've barely gotten started, to say nothing of scaring us when we get breathless or have some pain. Oh, and have you tried to get UP after getting down? Now THERE'S a killer! That tells us that sometimes there isn't really a label to put to some of these things, other than "I'm getting old, I guess!".
This list could go on indefinitely. How about carting the cane out in the garden and having IT sink into the mud? Are there some of you in wheel-chairs? That would be a real challenge. That would also help the rest of us realize that "There but for the grace of God, go I". Let's therefore, try to live with this stuff and try getting out in the garden.
Oh, if you haven't gotten a tetanus shot in the last 10 years? Talk to your Doctor about that. Being limited is bad enough, let's not be DEAD!


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