It's fun to take a square piece of land that is not doing anything but laying there commanding you to mow it every week and transform it. Digging up the sod, tilling the soil below it, separating the rocks, throwing them away, and mixing fertilizer with the earth. Designing with a pencil and a piece of paper like the beginnings of a rose garden. We've visited many plantations in the south and many times the flower, rose gardens or food gardens have been resurrected 200 years later exactly how it was designed with a pencil and a piece of paper a bicentennial earlier. One of my late Basketball Assigners, Mr. Russell, used to say, "A dull pencil is better than a sharp mind." So true. He holds a special place in my heart for giving me an opportunity to prove myself. Many officiating careers are born from just a simple belief in the potential of a referee. For the belief he had in me, I am eternally grateful.
Mr. Russell has since left this earth and his body has been laid to rest in the ground but hopefully I can keep his spirit alive by continuing to repeat the dull pencil quote. During his time with us he lived when every family ate their fresh produce from their individual gardens. There is nothing that tastes better than a pepper, potato, onion or tomato that you take from your own garden, wash it and eat it in a matter of two hours. What's amazing to me is the immediate gratification of taking on this endeavor. Within three days, the radishes are popping up out of the ground.
than anywhere else on earth.
~Dorothy Frances Gurney