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Misfit Gardens and Misfit Gardeners

I wrote this shorter piece a short while ago as a series of tweets on Twitter and then transcribed it to my Instagram and Fb accounts. But due to the fact much too a great deal falls into the social media ether these days, I have transcribed it listed here with a handful of tiny alterations.

When I was 16, going on 17, I dug my to start with back garden without mindful assumed or motive. I hid it behind the garage* and planted no seeds.

For there had been no seeds to plant then and I did not even know I was digging a garden specifically. I just wanted to dig.
And seriously, what I was digging was my way out of the hell entire world my parents experienced created & a spot to bury the trauma.

I was digging link to nature, lifestyle, hope, potential, self. Beginning an act to nurture & mend wounds I couldn’t voice.
Eventually, someday later, I did plant seeds in sites that have been not intended to be gardens but grew to become them in any case.

Misfit gardens by a misfit gardener.

In excess of time, as I discovered the text to set to individuals encounters, I realized that in a globe dominated by excellent gardens & fantastic gardeners, I am not by yourself. There are other folks like me who require to backyard garden for equivalent good reasons.

The earth’s system our bodies.


Writer Lydia Yuknavitch invited people to convey to their stories as a part of the launch of there book, The Misfit’s Manifesto. I to start with located Lydia’s composing by probability — an essay excerpt from her memoir, The Chronology of H2o so blew me away with its energy, fierce honesty and prose that I requested the Kindle edition of the guide and started reading it not five minutes afterwards. So when she called, I felt specifically driven to reply. Here’s her Ted Talk on remaining a misfit. The over was my tale.

*I wrote lose in the unique. On the other hand, for precision, it was extra of a garage, while no vehicle was at any time stored there.

January 11, 2022

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