Yesterday, I did everything I wanted to do and nothing I didn’t. I got the phlox planted and replanted the herbs that failed to thrive (yes, hello, 30 degree, I am not happy to see you coming) which I will probably end up replanting again in a couple of weeks. I took pictures of all the stuff going on in the yard and I lounged in the hammock.
Today, I want to do a little garden dirt breaking up, see some friends, and go to the grocery store.
And, behold, that is what I’m doing.
I’m going to admit that, it makes me nervous. Can you have this much good fortune without having to pay the piper at some point?
I think that it’s right here where I have the hardest time letting go of my Christian beliefs and trusting in the knowledge of my ancestors and I think it’s because there are two very different ideas with a lot of overlap going on. I do come from a line of people who do seem to have a hard time getting the things they need in order to be happy (and I use “things” in its broadest sense, because though some of us are very materialistic, others of us are not) and being able to hold onto the good things we have.
The Midwest Protestant in me says two things. 1. Don’t go enjoying these good things too much because showing any enjoyment of anything is a sure signal to God that it’s come to mean too much to you and he must take it away. 2. Enjoying the good things in your life when others are so miserable is bragging and showing off. Which is unseemly.
The Heathen in me says that yes, of course, families can have a kind of fortune. And once you understand that fortune, you can work to modify it by getting into right relation with your community–seen and unseen. So, good fortune can be worked at and does, when lost, slip away for a reason other than just a jealous god who needs you to be miserable here so that you will aspire to be with Him there.
Still, on weekends like this, I am torn. My first reaction is to try to not enjoy it too much, to not be unseemly, to not get into a situation where I need comeuppance. But the thing I’m trying to understand in my heart is that enjoying it and being open in my enjoyment without fear of having it stripped from me is the proper response, the one that fosters better fortune.