As I Venture Back into My Garden...
And my mind is filled with romantic women’s fiction, I’m reminded of how similar men and vegetables can be. No, seriously! Have you ever thought about it? Probably not–most sane people don’t!
But me? When I’m not writing I spend a lot of time in my garden–maybe too much! And while I’m not writing out there, I am crafting and over the months, have come up with a few analogies of my own. Take a look at this list and tell me you don’t recognize YOUR man in one of these descriptions!
Corn – Tall and slender with silken hair, this man provides well and yields a harvest of golden treasure. While pleasing to look at, beware: he also tends to be needy; easily blown over by the slightest of breezes—not the man for you hardier types!
Peanut – This good ole boy is made of solid stuff, on the inside and the outside, not to mention he’s filled with sweet old-fashioned appeal. For most ladies, it’s a tough combination to resist. Add the fact the kids love him and you’ve got a yourself a marrying man!
Watermelon – This well-rounded fun-loving guy is always welcome at a summer barbecue and usually proves a big hit with the kids. Prone to balding, his colorful personality distracts one from notice. However, take heed. If left to his own device, this one can grow wild and get quite out of hand!
Garlic – This fellow is somewhat distant, as he spends long periods of time out of sight, only to emerge when conditions improve. Strong and distinct, he’s not for everyone, but given the right environment, he can show great depth, even mellow his pungent tone with time. A worthy peer, indeed.
Okra – Strong, of firm build, this one likes it hot and enjoys it spicy—very at home in the Big Easy, too. Generally speaking, he blends well with others, can plant himself anywhere, but caution: he can be seedy, even a bit slimy at times.
Potatoes – These fellas are generous producers, enjoyed by most everyone as they appeal to a variety of tastes. They can get easily crowded, though, so give them plenty of space. If you do, you’ll have yourself a real winner with this one. Note: be patient with the sweeter types—they need a little more time before they’re ready to hit the dinner-date table. But if you can wait, go for it. You’ll reap the gold with this gem!
Onion – Sometimes sharp, sometimes sweet, this notable companion enhances every dish he meets. But don’t be fooled. You have to watch yourself around this double-edged treat. He tends to “age” those around him quicker than most, and will often make you cry. But if you like a challenge, give him a try. He will infuse your life with flavor!
Raspberry – Sweet at first sight, this guy may follow up with a tart bite. He generally likes to be left alone—literally thrives out in the wild of nature. Ah…an adventurous type yourself, you’ll feel drawn to this bright and colorful character, but be forewarned: he’s got thorns and lots of them.
Squash – Talk about diversity, this one has it! From sunny yellow summers to cold and cozy winters, this man will keep you well supplied no matter the season. The cutest of pumpkins, he’s always welcome during the holidays, and his cousin plays a mean racquet ball—for you sportier types. But keep him moving; stagnation easily leads to illness with this one. Rest assured, if variety is your thing, take heart. This dazzling character can fulfill your desires, tenfold.
Carrots – Bred from firm and solid fiber, these men are steady and strong and always there for you. Given proper attention, they can also become quite sweet in nature; a true hidden treasure, if ever there was one. They do need some elbow room, a bit of thinning at times, but if you’re willing to work for it, this one’s a keeper!
Beets – Down to earth is putting it mildly with this guy–he’s knee deep in it! Quiet, mellow, well-rounded… It’s a wonder he doesn’t rank top of the list for every woman in town. Perhaps he can come on a bit strong, in an easy-going sort of way. But if you have thick skin and like to keep it real? This one’s for you.
Lettuce – This boy likes everybody and everybody likes him. Similar to the granola-type male, this fella stays healthy and fit, slim and trim. How could he be anything else? He has a knack for blending well with any crowd and blend well, though be careful–once he mingles, it’s hard to separate him from the mix!
Tomatoes – This popular guy is an all around favorite with the ladies, most drawn to his bright and cheery appearance and radiant personality. A real reliable kind of guy, sweet with a hint of tang, meaty and quite robust—he comes in all sizes. Yes, this one is tempting. Be sure you’re in for the commitment—he’s going to need it if you expect him to produce.
My husband? He’s definitely a raspberry with garlic tendencies, yet aging like a carrot.
Me? He claims I’m a Venus flytrap. Yes, I gave him the evil eye—at first. But then, I got to thinking. Imagine the unique and stunning plant for a moment, with her beautiful red, heart-shaped petiole, her pair of symmetrical lobes hinged near the midriff—I mean, midrib.
Lovely so far, isn’t it? Catches insects and spiders with a bat of her eyelashes. Tolerates fiery tempers–er, fire well. Tolerates fire well. Actually uses the flames to suppress the competition around the neighborhood. (Sounds like a feisty gal to me!) Sure, she can be difficult to grow, but what plant doesn’t have its difficult days? You know, the more I think about it, the more I heard compliment.