Before I post about my Spring Fever list update this week I’ll first need to explain to you what I mean by Secret Garden, since several of the items on my to-do list refer to it.
It’s not something I meant to be a secret from YOU, oh no.
Quite the contrary. I think you’ll totally “get” what this is about.
You see, growing up a middle child in a teeny tiny house surrounded by my parents and 5 sisters every minute of the day, I was known as the quiet child who most times could be found curled up in a corner behind a chair with her nose stuck in a book.
As a matter of fact I would often shut myself in the bedroom closet with a flashlight to read by (yeah, I know, anti-social behavior there) in my attempt to find my own space.
Don’t get me wrong, I spent a lot of time playing outdoors with the other kids, but I always craved time alone too.
Probably because it was so hard to come by in our loud and crazy household. Why, we shared everything; 3 girls to a bedroom, each getting one drawer out of the lone dresser in each room. Clothes, toys, bikes, even friends were shared by all. We had only one bathroom in the house so even that was not a place to be alone. As a result I tended to favor stories that had some sort of secret place, be it a secret tunnel, a cave, a room, or a garden.
One of my favorite books was “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
(If you click on the link above it will take you to a free website where you can read the book online )
That story stuck with me and I’ve always wanted a “secret” garden of my very own. It doesn’t need to be very big, no, not at all. It just needs a door and some kind of walls but not necessarily stone walls.
It’s funny how the kid we once were always remains inside us. Even though I now have a whole house shared only with my husband and dogs; a house with rooms we don’t even set foot in most days (weeks even), I still dream of having my own space like that magical secret garden I read about way back when I was 9.
When we fenced in our yard several years ago it occurred to me that the small side yard bordered by the house on one side and the 6 ft stockade fence on two other sides just needed one more wall to enclose it to make my very own secret garden. I kept that little thought to myself while I I worked on the more public areas of the yard, like the gazebo sitting area, the patio and Outdoor Kitchen, the Rainbow Memorial Garden, and even the potting shed.
Finally, this spring I’m ready to tackle the Secret Garden, where that little 9 year old Rose who so desperately wanted her own quiet space will be able to enter at will.
Will I be able to pull it off?
Only time will tell.