I haven’t written on this blog for a week or so, I have either the Carnegie to work on or weeding the many gardens we have on the farm. I’m not complaining and am grateful for the health and energy to do both. When one sees vast improvement, that gives further motivation to keep going. The other day, however, I was working with several areas that we see out of kitchen window while doing dishes. I asked my husband if he could tell the difference and he didn’t. Oh well, *I* know that the quack grass that I had pulled several months ago was back covering over the cream colored bricks and it was also covering over the other bricks by the bird bath. I wanted the big rocks to show that had been handled by my paternal grandpa, taken out of our rich, Red River Valley soil. I also have a couple of rocks from my mom’s side of the family that her dad, my grandpa would have handled and taken out of his field in North Dakota. The only thing is that they had to do yearly rock picking because there were rocks that kept emerging. Contrary to that, you have to go a LONG way on our fertile soil to find any kind of rock.
Speaking of rocks, several weeks ago I was using my power gloves to weed one of our vegetable gardens. My folks had come out to help. My dad does the spin trim around buildings or he goes out in the back woods and mows the tall grass down. I DO remember when I was trying to yank my one left glove off, it was stuck and not moving. I yanked some more and finally it gave way. The funny thing is that I never looked to see why the glove wouldn’t give way. Instead, I kept working with pulling out the weeds or raking the ones I had already pulled or what my mom had pulled. I placed (rather threw down) my gloves on the lawn near the south edge of the garden. Later I picked them up again to do cutting of tall, nasty weeds south of one of our barns. I was outside long past the time my folks went back into town. During these LONG summer nights, my usual time to come indoors is about 10:10 or 10:15 p.m. The days are supposedly getting shorter, good thing, because that decreases my time to be out working!
I went to bed after a shower to get all the weed dust and dirt off of me. At 3:15 a.m is when I reached down to my left hand to find that I was missing my diamond that Ken had given to me 23 years ago. I went to the bathroom to see that only the four prongs were showing and at that moment realized that what my glove had been stuck on were one of the prongs. Thus, my diamond was somewhere in the vegetable garden perhaps covered up by snow peas, tomatoes, yellow beans or worse yet, in the grass nearby. At about 5:30 a.m. I went out with a flashlight to fruitlessly look around for any glint of diamond. I went back inside to write my first newspaper article that I had been struggling to write. I had a kind of passion or empathy for the person I was trying to highlight due to my own loss.
When I had gotten back into bed I told my husband that I was missing my diamond. Maybe he was not fully awake but he said something to the effect that it was just a diamond and that it would get replaced. I had that same feeling too…just a diamond that had been worth a LOT back when my husband had money to buy it. Since I had been trying to write an article about an artist from Czechoslovakia who had been imprisoned for his rallying against communism, I compared my loss to his. For 3 1/2 years total he had been tortured, lost his dental practice, his health and almost his family of wife and two sons. He got out soon after Prague Spring and ended up in New York jobless and then my hometown. For almost as many years as he had been in prison, he lived in freedom and painted and painted for a livelihood. So to compare my losing a diamond to the life he had gone through, that was my thought too, it was just a diamond.
But that doesn’t mean that I don’t go out to weed and water my vegetable garden and look for that particular rock. There are many rocks and broken pieces of glass in this particular place. It could be that it was not even IN the glove at the time I struggled getting it off and that the prongs were there to resist. No one had ever told me to get those prongs snug to the diamond but now I know to do that with the new diamond that my husband helped me pick out. I should be getting it any time in the next week or so. It will have six prongs and I will wear it with pride. I know I have a husband who loves me and my Mom and Dad do too. They helped to pay for some of this particular rock.
Yes, lesson learned, I will have to take off this precious jewel whenever I am gardening because that is a lot of abuse it takes as I tug at the weeds that resolutely want to stay in my garden where they are NOT wanted.