I recently joined the community garden just across the street from my apartment. It is called The Amazing Garden and it is, indeed, amazing. It has many places to sit and raised flower and vegetable beds. It even has four barbecue grills.
It is one of the things I like least about living here. Being outside is what I crave most. Ever since I was a little girl. I finished my homework as quickly as possible so I could barrel down the front steps and call on my friends. And in the summers, I played outside until the sun dropped in the sky.
Even now, I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors, riding my bicycle, browsing farmers markets, sitting in parks and at rooftop bars, walking along piers. But it is not something I can do with ease. It is not as simple as stepping outside and sitting down with a good book.
The Amazing Garden will, hopefully, eliminate the problem. I can, quite literally, step outside and have a place to sit within seconds, without having to pack up my bike and find uncharted territory in New York City’s overcrowded parks. And the grills…oh the grills! We already had a small barbecue for Tyler’s birthday on Sunday.
Someday I hope to look out at acres and acres of land that are all mine. I could live in the tiniest shelter imaginable. I’ve already survived years of unimaginably small quarters in New York. But, I dream that I will have grass and trees and hills.
Right now, I have a place to sit. It is a start.