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The package instructions said to plant seeds while it is still cold outside - when your fingers can become good and numb. We put on our parkas and rounded up our dogsleds and stepped out from our igloo. OK, it was not quite that cold.
The instructions said to plant seeds about depth of one-to-two times length of seed. I measured seed. Actually, seed was too small to measure. Just a touch larger than a celery seed. The package must have erred. According to my measurements, I would burry seeds with even a couple grains of sand on top.
I did my best.
Little Lady, our always-eager-to-be-helpful toddler, placed markers to remind us where we planted seeds. We used short sticks with plastic glow-in-the-dark stars on top. These were, in fact, made for sticking in snow to line driveway at Christmastime, but they seemed fitting markers for such bizarre plants.
The phone rang that evening. "Did you plant something really strange today?" our neighbor asked. "You have stars on sticks poking out of ground. And they are glowing in dark. Did you buy seeds near nuclear power plant?"
We explained that glow-in-the dark sticks were just to mark where we planted our saskatoon berry trees. "Ooh, what do saskatoon berries taste like?" She asked. I had no idea. I had tasted them in jam many years ago on a business trip to Saskatchewan, but I do not even remember if I liked them. The seeds were actually a gift from a friend.
But life is an adventure, and three years from now I can tell you what berries taste like. Can't you just taste a good adventure?
David Leonhardt is the Happy Guy, author of "Climb your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum happiness". Sign up for your free "Daily Dose of Happiness" at http://TheHappyGuy.com/daily-happiness-free-ezine.html, or visit him at http://TheHappyGuy.com.