Ms. Green Jeans…

Every so often…Bertha…gets a wild hair…and a green thumb…I know…sounds weird and I have recommended that she see a doctor but she just rolls her eyesonly adding to my concern…that she has some exotic condition

Anyway…all jokes aside…Bertha…is naturally concerned about the quality of our food…and looks for opportunities for me to do my part in supporting…healthy…local…food sources…of course…there is Mama’s garden…and that’s a biggie…there’s also the local Farmer’s Market…and my good friend Bea Kunz’s organic herb farm…Sage Hill Farms and Vintage Store

This spring…Bertha’s…excited and insisting that we participate in Bea’s latest project…which combines her passion for organic gardening with her passion for children and teaching…she has started an organic gardening project at Curry Middle School in Jasper, Alabama…now…thankfully…I’m not available for digging the beds…so instead we have joined an event called…Author’s for Healthy Living…this event is the brainchild of another good friend of mine…Kim Emerson…and takes place…Saturday…April 27, 2013…on Facebook

During the event…several authors will be offering a percentage of all books sold for the day to the Curry Middle School project…

I see it as a total…win-win…you get some great books…maybe win a prize or two…and…get to do your part to teach the next generation about organic gardening…without raising a shovel…what could be better than that…

Well…Bertha…just mentioned that you might be busy on Saturday…so she insists that we give a portion of all Bertha’s sold for the rest of the week to Bea’s work…and I agree completely…I think that’s twice this week I’ve agreed with her…scary…

Jane

PS…click on the Author’s for Healthy Living link to see all the books that are being offered…

Help!

Bertha…is bringing up a subject this morning…one that is mostly difficult for me…and probably for many of you as well…and that is…accepting help…and…even more difficult…asking for help…

This is truly a challenge…I’ve been fiercely independent for a long time…Mama recounts that as a two-year old I would stomp my foot…and proclaim…I’ll do it

Now you may think that was just a case of the terrible twos…and while I’m sure it was…I just kind of didn’t grow out of it…

So…it’s hard for me to accept help…even when I want it…even when I need it…and…although I’ve never been to intense counseling about it…I think it’s just a fear of being vulnerable…of seeming incapable…in some way…

Now…don’t get me wrong…I’ll probably let you help with the dishes if you come over for dinner…dislike of kitchen cleaning trumps vulnerability…every time

It’s the big deals that have always given me pause…although…as I write this…I realize…I’m changing…in that respect…I belong to a few groups that cross promote each other’s writing…and…I can now ask for what I need within the groups…it’s a start…

And…according to…Bertha…it’s an important start…because…there’s a balance between…giving and receiving…or…there should be…the more I receive…the more I accept…the more I can give…be it…time…money…ideas…support…

Hmmm…a lot to contemplate this morning…right after I ask…Bertha…why she doesn’t help with the dishes…

Jane