noun we use only organic fertilizer MANURE, plant food, compost, dressing, top dressing, dung.
This is the dictionary definition of fertilizer, but I'm thinking of it in more general terms today. On this Thanksgiving weekend I am thinking of the things that fertilize and feed the soul and spirit. On of the richest soul foods for me is time spent with family. Our Thanksgiving family gathering this year was a smaller one but it was large in joy and love. Those who were not there in person were there in our hearts. I remember my mother at her happiest at Thanksgiving - she was a wonderful hostess and we always had a houseful of joyful relatives with us on that day. My mother died at the young age of 44 but her spirit has been an almost tangible presence for me at every Thanksgiving gathering since. My father was with us in spirit this year also (he died in March of this year). Last year he was with us as we gathered in as many family members as possible at my sister's home. Thanksgiving was a doubling special holiday for my dad and stepmother - it's also their wedding anniversary. Less than a month after Thanksgiving 2009 my dad's health took a serious downturn. I will always treasure the memories of last year's holiday.
|My mother at breakfast on her honeymoon.|
|My dad and wonderful stepmother Thanksgiving 2009|
My husband described the Thanksgiving joy of family in-gathering well in this newspaper column he wrote in 1984.
Of course, my garden is a source of spirit fertilizer for me as well, and I still have a few blooms in my garden.
The Professor Sargent Camellias are loaded with buds and will be the next blooms to show in my garden. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy the red berries of the pyracantha, nandina, and holly as I prepare my heart and home for Christmas.
Hope on over to Tootsie Time for more Fertilizer Friday posts!