“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
~ Berthold Auerbach
It was my last day of work for the week, and there I was, working alone in the greenhouse. Now, don’t get me wrong, being alone in the garden is very peaceful and actually quite enjoyable if you’re someone like me who enjoys the quiet. It’s set apart from all the business of town and the school, so it was just me and the plants. Unfortunately, the weeding I was doing was not the more active and satisfying weeding of big, tough weeds that ends in a beautifully empty bed. It was picking out tiny little weed sprouts from between the rows of lettuce and kale. About half an hour in, I have to admit that I was staring down into the soil wondering if those miniscule weeds would really do that much damage. Also, despite my optimism about the rain being gone for now, it was steadily sprinkling. But, I knew that those weeds needed to go if our plants were going to grow well. Still, I needed something to break the monotony. So I started to sing.
At first, I was worried that the lifeguards at the pool would hear me. Or maybe one of the people working at the school would drive out on the lawn mower and see my lips moving with no one around. I didn’t want to be seen as the crazy girl who sings to the plants. But the thing was, I didn’t really want to stop singing. It made the time pass quicker and kept me from focusing on all the little sprouts that I had yet to pull up. Music has a way of doing that. It lifts your spirits and brightens your outlook. That’s why it’s been referred to so many times as medicine, or a universal language, or even something magical. Music is good for you, and you know what? So is not being overly concerned about what everyone else thinks of you. Singing to myself alone in the garden made me happy. It refocused me and made me enjoy the work instead of dreading it. So I sang every song that happened to come into my mind, and those two hours passed by quite enjoyably. And I would encourage you to do the same. Go ahead and sing in your garden, regardless of who might hear. Chances are, you’ll enjoy it… and I’m sure the plants will appreciate a few songs too.
~ Serena Bacon