Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hitting all the right notes

Throughout the embarassing epoch that was and is The Great War on Terror I have often lamented the great disparity between the sacrifices borne solely by the military and its families, and the blissful oblivion of the rest of the country who were distracted by American Idol and the shopping sprees encouraged by the (thankfully) former Commander-in-Chief.

While not directly related to her stated mandate to support military families, the First Lady's endeavour to plant a vegetable garden on the White House's South Lawn strikes exactly the right tone for our troubled times. This will be the first time since World War II, when Eleanor Roosevelt oversaw the White House Victory Garden, that veggies have been grown at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It's still a little early in the season to be turning the soil in our raised beds. There was a sheen of frost on them this morning, after all. But soon enough, we'll be growing our own lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, beans, and whatever else strikes my fancy this year. Maybe I'll try to get some raspberry canes growing in one of the beds, as the First Family will be doing.

How fortunate are we, in this country, to have such an awesome and tuned-in First Lady? I can't wait to see what she does next. But in the meantime, I'm off to do a little workout with some free weights. I need to emulate the First Lady if I want to earn my right to bare arms this summer!


Val said...

Very cool!

Val said...

Obama’s right to bare arms