A Big Brown Patch of Nothing

Buying our house more than 15 years ago was a big milestone in our lives. It also left a big gaping hole in our pocket. From the down payment to the fees to the unexpected expenses, it practically sucked out every penny we had saved through the years. I was eight months pregnant with my second child when we finally moved in. The house was bare, the furnishings sparse and our front lawn was, well, it was just a big brown patch of nothing.

Every single day after school I would find Chessa, who was ten years old at that time, dutifully watering “the lawn.” Little Miss Sunshine would be singing cheerfully while she hosed down a dusty patch of land. I would watch the water hit the bare ground, stir up some dust particles and eventually form rivulets of mud. Finally I could stand it no longer and I called her attention to it.

“Chess, you do know that you’re just watering a big brown patch of nothing, right?”

She looked up at me, flashed me a grin and continued on her merry way, watering and singing at the same time. I gave up. There is no dampening of Pollyanna’s spirit.

One day, out of the blue, Chessa excitedly called out to me. “Mom, come out here and take a look!”

I went outside to see what the commotion was all about. Lo and behold, dotting the landscape of that big brown patch of nothing, were several clumps of green something. Whether Bermuda grass or plain old weed I could not say, but the pleasure on Chessa’s face was unmistakable. Despite all odds, her persistence had paid off. Perseverance had triumphed over adversity.

Sometimes in life, someone or something may appear like a big brown patch of nothing. If you take the chance to cultivate it, you might be in for a pleasant treat. That big brown patch of something might just turn out to be the lushest piece of green you’ve ever seen, as my daughter proved to me that day.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mari anjeli
    Apr 05, 2010 @ 10:27:46

    yeah! true, true, true. : )



  2. bits
    Apr 14, 2010 @ 02:06:16

    hi there ging,

    got hold of your blog through mari. i can see that you have written quite a lot (what i got is just some of the hawaiian blog and some short stories). another venue!

    i look forward to reading your blog entries…..





    • emmblu
      Apr 16, 2010 @ 22:51:11

      Hi Bits. Thanks for taking the time to read my stuff. This would have been perfect when we were kids no? Now all the stuff we once wrote are gone and forgotten. But still, life is good. Hope all is well with you.



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