More than you think possible

IMG_3896She bought it with gift money from her recent 80th birthday and asked me to help her assemble and fill it. She’s more of a flower person, so she asked my advice about edibles. I suggested she plant a lot; that even small gardens could support more than the directions say; that as long as she harvested, there would be room. We planted onions, lettuce, spinach and six types of herbs. I thought about it all the way home. How a garden — how a life — can hold more than you think possible. As if I even needed to tell her that.