Sturdy Rose. Photo by Jerry Apps
During these days of uncertainly, despair, and disappointment, it is often the little things, the simple things that can cheer us up. A baby’s smile, a puppy’s wagging tail, a playful kitten, an autumn sunset, the smile in the eyes of a friend who is wearing a mask, the smell of freshly baked bread. And for me, an old rose bush that stands at the corner of our cabin.
I planted the rose bush 50 years ago; it must have a name but I don’t remember what it is. Each year it grows a bit taller and a bit wider. It begins blooming in early spring, and continues blooming all summer long—it is still blooming now as we move into fall. It will continue blooming until a hard freeze when it drops its leaves and rests until spring arrives.
Besides its many cheering blooms, the rose bush requires no care. No watering, no fertilizing, nothing at all. The deer don’t bother it. It grows and blooms during dry spells and rainy periods. It is buried in snow during the winter. It asks for nothing and gives much.
My farm is located in the township of Rose, in Waushara County—perhaps this is one of the reasons that my old rose bush continues to do so well. This is its home; this is where it is supposed to be. And for me, just looking at it makes me feel better.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: It is often the little things, the simple things that can cheer us up.
https://www.mcpl.us/cwbf for further information. Discussion of When the White Pine was King.
WHERE TO BUY MY BOOKS AND DVDS.
books are available at your local bookstore, online from bookshop.org, or from
the Friends of the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose—a fundraiser for
them. Phone: 920-622-3835 for prices and ordering.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street
Wild Rose, WI 54984
If you live in the western part of the state, stop at Ruth’s home town, Westby and visit Dregne’s. Say hello to Jana and look at their great selection of my books or order a book by calling them at 1-877-634-4414.