Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Why I Moved to the Country: Reason #14

When I was young, my school teachers had, what seemed to me, an odd habit of casting me in a prominent role for the school Christmas concert each year; it was probably their way of bringing the shy girl out of her shell. In grade one, I was Wiggle Worm and in grade four, I was the angel announcing the birth of baby Jesus. While in grade two, I was cast as Mary, Mary Quite Contrary. I tip toed around the stage, pretending to water beautiful gardens while the class stood  lined up in rows behind me, asking, "Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?" And I replied, well, I think you know how I replied. Although, I still have no idea what a cockle shell is. 

Maybe it was a sign of things to come, maybe it spurred me on to enjoy gardening. Gardening, where I now have a yard large enough that I can grow something besides shade loving plants, where I can grow my own veggies, and where I can grow things that I never contemplated in the city. Yes, that is why I moved to the country.
And just in case you wanted to know but were afraid to ask, a Wiggle Worm, is a worm made from circles of construction paper placed strategically along the top of the classroom wall until it wraps around the entire room. That year, each time someone in the class read a book, up went a circle and as Wiggle Worm grew, he had more circles with the name Andrea than any other name.

And, yes, I am still a bookworm and sometimes, if you watch closely, I wiggle.


Be well friends,

9 comments:

from my front porch... said...

LOL! Too darn cute :)
And, yes. I was afraid to ask!

I was a mouse in eighth grade. All the other girls looked so cute in their mousey costumes. But I was 5'10 already and towered over the petite "mice"...I felt more like rat!
xo,misha

Flat Creek Farm said...

Oh, how cute! Glad you're still a wiggling book worm :) And I wish you much wonderful gardening success this year! As I recall, you did pretty darn well last year as well. I could take some pointers from you! -Tammy

Debbie said...

So cute! I am jealous of the garden. Because I live in the woods I only grow shade loving plants and some herbs. Sigh.

And a wiggle worm saved my children from having a very short life one Christmas vacation. We had TERRIBLE weather, snow days galore and I was totally understanding why gerbils eat their young. And then I discovered a bunch of packages of construction paper in a drawer. I cut all the pieces up into strips and allowed them to make a paper chain as long as they wanted. It stretched through ALL the rooms on the first floor and went up the stairs to the bedrooms. They worked on that thing for hours and days....and they lived. And my sanity was saved.

Anonymous said...

And what a cute little wiggle worm you were....still are actually!
mom

Deb said...

Nice post. It reminded me of the time I played Mother Goose!

Dandy said...

You are adorable. Did you know that?

I love hearing about your garden, just love it.

City Hen said...

I love all that about you! You are special, even your teachers knew that from the start! :)
Hugs,
Rhonda

Nezzy said...

How sweet! One year I made a caterpillar in the classroom and every book read added another section to the very long booger!

Have a fun~filled weekend filled with many blessings!!!!

Jenny said...

What a cute, cute post! This made me laugh. Thank you. And wiggling is always cute!