My Flower Farm
As a kid growing up in the country, my dream has always been to own a flower farm when I grow up. I just wanted to be able to wake up in the morning and take a long, satisfying walk surrounded by my beautiful Poinsettia, Fuchsias, various types of roses and many others. Years passed by and I spent every second of my time working on fulfilling my dream. Not once did I wander off my path or have thought that I need something more ‘extravagant.’ My parents taught me that real beauty lies in simple things and I have followed that principle over the course of my life.
It has been many years since I was a kid. I am happy to say that my dream is no longer a dream but a reality. Today I am a proud owner of a beautiful flower farm. I grow all types of amazing flowers, from shade-loving Rhododendrons to the scarlet red sun consuming Dipladenias.
I also own many different animals such as dogs, horses, cows, pigs, sheep and a few goats. Every single one of them is the most loving living breathing creature I can possibly think of. I take good care of them and they pay me back with their love and trust (and occasional dairy products). You can call me the luckiest man there is, as I feel like one myself.
Although you can say that my life is good, there is just this one thing bothering me. For the past couple of seasons, whenever I plant some new flowers, my animals eat them or just chew on them and suddenly I’m left with no new flowers whatsoever. It is as if the tornado has passed straight trough my farm and made a total mess out of my beautiful flowers. I love my animals, they make my life more beautiful and I consider them my friends, but they just keep destroying my precious farm.
In order to stop my animals from destroying my flowers, I had to come up with a way to make a boundary between them and the flowers. I thought that it would be a great idea to build a flower house with a lock so that my animals wouldn’t be able to come near my flowers. I really like to admire the results of my hard work, and I believe that by doing so all of my work will be protected.
And guess what? It worked! For a couple of weeks, that is… It turns out that my dogs are smart (and nasty) little creatures. They actually dug up a deep hole going from outside of my flower house all the way to the inside. Guess what they did then? They made my flower house a flower graveyard. Literally. Flower petals were everywhere, leaves were chewed on, you could literally see the roots of my flowers as they have ripped them from the ground. For some reason though, the roses seemed intact. I guess that even though my dogs are experts in destroying other flowers, they have no way of dealing with thorns.
I didn’t know what to do anymore so I sought advice from some of my friends. Most of the advice I got were really smart and constructive, but they all involved getting rid of some of my animals. As I said before, I consider my animals to be my friends, and I don’t know anyone who could get rid of their friends that easily.
And then one of my friends said something so simple, and yet so brilliant: “I noticed that so far you have tried only to keep your flowers away from animals. Why don’t you try doing the exact opposite? Why don’t you keep your animals away from your plants?” And I thought to myself that my friend was onto something. So I decided to follow his advice. Instead of my flower house, I decided to enclose all of my animals, with some extra concrete foundations so that they can’t dig under the fence (some of my dogs are good diggers, lesson learned!)
And you know what? It worked like a charm! Thanks to a simple (and brilliant) advice from my friend, I can enjoy my animals’ company without having to worry about my beautiful flower farm.