Year 3, Column 8: Garden Spot of the Universe

The other morning, I dropped off a freshly picked/cut vase of wildflowers to my sister’s café and a wise acre sitting at the community table chimed in with “been weedin’ your garden?” comment that was met with genial laughter all around.

Afterwards, I took a drive through the western quadrant of the county, and the following thought came to me: This really IS the garden of the spot of the universe. Right now. This week.

Cinematic fields of shoulder-high green corn, golden amber waves of winter wheat, ankle-high soybeans, and freshly rolled hay are on display for your viewing pleasure all across the county.

I encourage each and every reader of this column to make a point of pouring themselves a to-go glass of iced tea, finding a loved one and go for a leisurely drive (or better yet, hop on your bike).

Go after supper or early one morning when it’s cool so you can have the windows down in your vehicle and you can enjoy the summer breeze as you gaze in wonder at the simple beauty all around you.

Turn off your I-phone and pick up your camera. There are photos you will want to take. (Okay, use your camera on your I-phone.) The point is Tune Out so you may Tune In.

Be on the lookout for road signs with unusual spellings of local names like McCubbin or Tonieville, too.

Tonieville Road Sign

Tonieville Road Sign

Field of freshly rolled hay along Knob Creek.

Field of freshly rolled hay along Knob Creek.

While you’re at it, you might wanna take a pair of scissors and a bucket of water so you can cut some wildflowers growing alongside the rolling country roads: Periwinkle blue corn flowers are my favorite, but the Tiger Lillys right now are stunning in all their orange and yellow grandeur.

Watch our for those purple cone flowers though as they have thorns that will nick your hands. I have the cuts to prove it!

The time is now, my fellow La Rue Countians: Take a drive and see all the beauty around you. Were I a painter, I would set up easel and paints along some country road and attempt to capture these fantastic landscapes which are there for all of us to enjoy and appreciate.

Dad is right. We really do live in the Garden Spot of the Universe. Our garden is now in bloom.

More later.

About Surfing Hollywood

Steve La Rue is an internationally recognized leader in Film & Television with 20+ years experience as a Development Executive championing such series as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Battlestar Galactica, and Farscape. He writes, blogs, and consults on All Things TransMedia from his home at the beach in Santa Monica, CA, where he balances his life by surfing every damn day.
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