December 20, 2004

Going to Hell In A Wheelbarrow

I've always assumed that I am probably doomed to perdition or, at the least, a good long stretch in purgatory. But I always reckoned this would be in connection with various sins of the flesh (well, thoughts of them, anyway). I had no idea that something as apparently wholesome as gardening could get you a one-way ticked to Hades. But our pal Chan the Bookish Gardener runs right down the list of the Seven Deadly Sins of the Trowel.

I have to admit that I'm completely busted. Although I've never been a horder, so quite possibly would be let off on the charge of avarice, I more than make up for it with double helpings of bunny anger and catalog gluttony. And this is to say nothing of the perverse pleasure I derive from laying waste to the local slug population.

However, there is hope of salvation, as Chan also notes the presense of grace in the garden. Although I've now got a certain well-known Aaron Copeland piece maddeningly lodged in my head, thereby probably banking up some more anger points against myself, I know exactly what she is talking about. The next time I feel myself slipping into the way of evil while out pottering, I will be sure to appeal to Our Lady of the Blessed Leaf Mulch.

Posted by Robert at December 20, 2004 08:52 AM

Save a seat for me in purgatory, probably for the similar reasons although I substitute "project/natural disaster prep mode" for gardening. I have not been to confession for a very long time; my brother suggests I make an appointment and tell the priest to block off the afternoon.

Posted by: LMC at December 20, 2004 09:31 AM

I'll be sure to check out your collection of bottled water and power tools when we come down.

Posted by: Robert the LB at December 20, 2004 10:56 AM
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