Didn't make it to the Melissa Garden. While they were quick to ask for money for the ticket, they didn't bother to send a map. I had no idea where they were. I decided to go to the address they wanted the check sent to. Unfortunately, in this area there are many country roads with the same name. I know, I used to deliver mail around here and it's a nightmare trying to find things. But I do have GPS in my car. The GPS said there was no such address. I drove around for 2 hours on narrow winding country roads. I had called from home before I left - only an answering machine. I called 4 times on my cell phone - only an answering machine. I was growing more and more upset, more and more angry, more and more disappointed. I had been hoping to see this place for months. It is generally not open to the public. It was a class that was advertised through the Master Gardeners of Sonoma County. I had managed to get worked up into such a state I couldn't believe it. I found the day that I had looked forward to for so long, and the day that had started out marvelously, was ruined. I had turned down an opportunity to sell my products at a Wellness Fair and a chance to go to a very special class that only meets occasionally in Albany, in order to see this "famous" bee garden.
I returned home and tried to regain the positive state I had been in before I left, to get back to the projects I had put aside. It was a real struggle. I am better now, but I'm sure the bitterness and disappointment can still be detected in this post.
So I decided to let this be the basis for choosing the "Issue of the Week" which is due to be posted tomorrow. I invite you, my readers, to come up with a positive quality to help alleviate the disappointment I felt. I think this is a matter of learning to let go - something that I believe we will all be faced with in the days to come. I realize that I had become so attached to going to this place, that I literally had a childish tantrum when I was thwarted.
I could have kept this to myself, but I felt it might be useful to share it with you because I believe there is a lesson for all of us.
Again, I invite you, my readers to suggest the "word".
I will, in any case, have an Issue of the Week.