Lovely quote, being an ignorant Brit I had to look him up.......oh the joys of Google, not long ago I could have spent days trying to find out who he was. Thank you for the introduction Nan.P.S Very sad to hear of the death of Roger Ebert, off topic I know but I think you were a fan too, the best film critic ever, and such a brave man.Carole
You are not ignorant! I read the words, and then looked up who he is. A friend just told me about Roger's death. I am so very sad. I had only this morning read his last blog post about how the cancer had returned, but he still had plans for his work.
I greatly admired Roger Ebert for his writing, one of the best, but also for his courageous attitude in writing on while he underwent the drastic treatment for his cancer. Commonweeder's last sentence in his comment fits Roger Ebert to a tee. Acceptance of one's limitations takes enormous courage.
That's why his words above had such meaning for me. We all complain about so many little things, and there he was living the life he had without complaint.
Glad to know I'm not the only one aware of the author of this quote. The quote really appeals to me as I wait with bated breath for the scapes on the garlic and appearance of flowers on a tomato plant or the blooms of cosmos.
Your waiting time won't be so long as mine. :<)
I love Edward Giobbi, a fabulous cook. I take one exception to the quote. LARGE garden. That may not be possible, but some kind of garden can be possible for even 100 year olds. I saw a great show about centenarians and one interview was with a man who used to take care of his woodlands as well as gardens around the house. First his work in the woods had to be given up, then more and more of his gardens until he was just gardening around the patio. At 100 he was still gardening - in pots. I think it takes great wisdom to accept what is possible, and what is impossible, while still keeping pleasure and joy in one's life.
I must look up his cookbook. What a nice story about the 100 year old man. Thanks for telling me. And don't you love how Barbara applied your words to Roger Ebert.
Oh Nan - I'm so excited that you are back! I just wanted to revisit your blog knowing that you had shut it down and imagine my happy surprise to see you posting again. I don't often comment but I want you to know that your blog has always brought happiness to my day. Thanks so much for returning and now I have to catch up with your new posts :)Have a beautiful day!Rebecca
Fantastic quote which I had not heard before but which resonates strongly with me as a gardener and an optimist!
Me, too. Now if the weather would match my spirit. :<)
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