Tuesday 3 December 2013
Wilma's garden needs a new beginning. She racks her brain and comes up with the idea to plant a Christmas garden. She buys two dozen balsam seedlings and gathers string, scissors and shovels. Then she recruits her 5 year old neighbour to help her in her endeavour. First they attach the string to posts to make straight rows. Next they dig the holes, place the seedlings one by one, and water them. Parker watches the seedlings grow as Wilma watches Parker grow. Some perish, but most flourish, leaving them with a plethora of trees. In the end, Wilma's garden is not a garden anymore, but a full fledged farm. Reading the book gives you the same peaceful feeling you get when you visit a Christmas farm.