Someone told me she were taking a break from her garden. I told her that was fine but she could only hold her breath for so long. Soon enough, she would have to exhale and then she would be back in her garden again.
If you are a gardener, comparing a pause in your gardening activities to holding your breath makes perfect sense. If you are not a gardener, you may be shaking your head, wondering why a gardener would hold her breath.
Well, really, we don’t actually hold our breaths if we leave our gardens. But we do breathe best with our hands in the dirt and our noses stuck in flowers.
In temperate climates, we don’t get to spend all year breathing in a garden. We are more or less forced to head indoors and leave the garden when fall turns winter-like and then winter settles in. When this happens, and it happens every year, we find reasonable substitutes for
breathing gardening. We tend to our houseplants. We read gardening books. We eagerly await seed and plant catalogs and browse online for more plants for our gardens.
We remember what it is like to breathe in a garden in May, and use that memory to sustain us through the long winter.