Last week, my column was dedicated to zucchini mania. I am happy to report I was able to keep up with the zucchini crop. I even had a way to use those Louisville Sluggers. I simply halved them, dug out the seeds, and filled them with a mixture consisting of 2 lbs. of hamburger, or you could use pork sausage, a jar of spaghetti sauce, and topped them off with mozzarella cheese. I baked the Italian stuffed zucchini boats at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. It was a yummy and easy way to use the over-sized squash.
These days, I am enjoying the bright and shining seasonal blooms of the day lilies. Last year, I started a row of day lilies near the north edge of our property line. Previously, a twisted old pine tree marked the end of our yard. We decided to have Matthew Riihinen take down the tree after a storm took down others in our yard. Now, as I write my column, I only need to look up from my keyboard and gaze out the office window and a cheery row of lemon yellow and sunny orange lilies lifts my spirits. I hope the neighbors also enjoy the cheery floral fence line as they mow their lawn. My goal is to add another 10 feet or so this Fall.
The great thing about these day lilies is that they were free. Lucille Zimmerman, the previous owner of our home, had planted them all round our house, I just thinned and relocated them. When the lilies beautiful blooms fade and drop off for the season, it will be time to dig and relocate and spread their glee for all to see.
I feel the uplifting sight of a row of lilies is just what is needed these days. It appears too many people hold on to grudges and perpetuate rumors or past bad feelings. Of course, I feel bad for those who are the target of the negativity and for those who hang on tight to their grudges. I have had to let go of bad feelings and past hurts and forgive others and as well as forgive myself. I find the latter is the hardest.
I guess you will always have vindictive behavior in all communities; there is not too much you can do about that. People will believe what they want to believe, especially when they can’t let go and move on. It is sad, however, that sometimes that is all people see or hear as the loudest voices all too often are those who want to spread anger and fear and distrust in a community. But when you really look at the heart of problems that have been drudged up in our fair city, it is really pretty minor compared to larger cities. Our streets are safe, people have come together to plant and nurture flower gardens throughout the city, businesses are growing, brand spanking new rentals are being built, businesses want to invest in our city, and it is very well documented with two local newspapers who are dedicated to recording its current and historical events.
Believe me, letting go of hurt, unfair and, at times, libelous assaults is not easy but it is very freeing. It involves putting others first, trying to understand another’s point of view and when no understanding can be found… well, just let it go. Fill that negative feeling in the pit of your stomach with new ideas, new projects, seek a way to move on in a productive way that will benefit others. Letting go is a gift that you give yourself as well as a gift you give to others because, once you pull the weeds of resentment and anger and tear down barbed-wire fences that divide, the beauty of the community can grow and truly be appreciated. I chose to do so and I hope others can also choose to plant rows of lilies, instead of feeding the weeds. See what develops—you may see the sunny side.
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