Conviction – that’s what we need more of and in my mind there is an American ideal that is associated with that word. I see things from a Rockwellian perspective – always have. When I met Mac Arnold this morning to take some pictures of this community garden project, I saw images of an American ideal that seems to have been lost. Dirt, freshly plowed dirt, and a man on his tractor acting upon his convictions.
It’s not enough that Mac has a “photographer’s face” – weathered features – and a charm that is expressed with a grin that comforts all who are blessed to be on the receiving end. And, Mac is a gardener from way back. He wants to work the dirt, he follows the Farmer’s Almanac and he speaks of it all with an inner peace brought on by years of satisfaction. The really cool part is that Mac is working with Ed Creighton from Naked Pasta (and others) on a community garden in The Village of West Greenville and today was plowing day.
The plan is both simple and noble. Come help them plant, weed and grow all kinds of stuff and you can benefit from the fruits of your labor. Green, natural and with a sense of pride from the fact that people will enjoy the experience.
Having spent my teenage years plowing, bush-hogging and cutting hay – I look back on my “farm years” as if I was part something basic and good. You could see the results instantly, you can smell the newly turned sod and you can relish the taste of something you grew yourself. Conviction is a great word and I wish I could use it more often. Mac and Ed could use your help on this project and I’m sure if you stopped by Mac Arnold’s Blues Restaurant or Naked Pasta – they will sign you up.
Get some dirt under your fingernails.
Jay Spivey – Publisher, fête