Naming Celery

Dang! I think I’m back. I’ve been getting stuff done the past couple of days, I’m feeling more like myself, not having to reluctantly get back in bed due to the unending fatigue and breathing issues. Yay! Guess who’s going for nature walks in a few days, ME!!! Got my masks in today too, all set.

What a relief. So very thankful.

I began the day by attending the CGC Creative Writing Club for the first time. It was wonderful! It’s so amazing that we can meet online in a group. It takes some getting used to but the more I do it, the easier it gets.

I’m so blown away and inspired by these young whippersnappers who are on it! The creativity and ability to do so many things so extremely well is impressive! I wish I had my shit together like that when I was that age and wish that I had it together as they do right now, current age lol. Amazing people.

I got my quarterly goals typed up. I did loads of journaling, reading, writing, and participating in the CGC forums. I joined in on the monthly challenge too. It felt so good to be back in a productive creative sociable mode.

I did take a break and watched the last episode of Home. It was about 3D printing houses for people who didn’t have homes. It was heartbreaking to see the poverty and how beautiful it was when the people went into their new houses for the first time, the gratitude and sheer relief they were overcome with. I couldn’t help but get choked up too. How incredible it must be to be a part of the agencies that work to create this for people. I’m hoping that one day no one will be suffering from poverty, hunger, and homelessness. There could be a global humanitarian network that provides everyone in need with the basics.

For fun I have a celery inner stalk sitting in a bowl with water, it’s cute. I saw that you can grow it that way. I may get some dirt and plant it in a pot on our balcony. I tried growing them last year, but they scorched. It’s so dry here so opposite from Louisiana.

I did some exercises from One Year to a Writing life about the celery, lol.

A Celery Like Groot

It’s Saturday, I’m home sitting at the plastic folding table that’s draped in a satin ivory flower embossed cloth with a layer of unfinished jigsaw puzzle called Artic Dreams topped with a protective barrier of salvaged transparent Visqueen.

The adjacent windows with open blinds invite the sun into our humble yet modern haven.

There is a lone thrust of celery in a clear glass bowl lined with water, the stalk reminiscent of Groot from the movie that Chris Pratt starred in, my memory, sheesh.

I feel tired, a bit flushed, but not wanting to remove my cozy sweatshirt because the air will kick on again and I’ll be cold. I’m thankful to be recovering from what I suspect was THE virus.

We’re all still reeling from this new pandemic reality.

This is the second part of the exercise…it expands on an image from the above exercise

She glanced furtively around the vacuum of an apartment searching for signs of life. Her eyes caught and fixated on the peculiar stand of random celery, pale lime green vivid against the black backdrop of the refrigerator.

At first glance, it appeared like a mutant bonsai tree. the stalk twisting trunk-like, thick, solid stretching to a leafy top. She grinned broadly at the absurd sight, it tickled her to the core.

What a silly bright spot amid the starkness of the unfolding pandemic riddled globe of which she felt like a mere speck. The green burst of life emerging from her kitchen counter sent tendrils of hope through her questioning soul.

Upon further inspection she giggled out loud because she could picture the celery animated, coming to life like the character Groot.

What would the celery say?

Not Groot? What’s the celery’s name? She pondered from her habitat restore bought chair across the sedate room.

What to name the celery?

It’s nice to be exploring writing in a structured format, it’s like I’m in training, or in school, I like it! I’m so thankful to have gotten the book, we’re doing it together in the creative writing group.

I’m having fun again! Grateful for health.

Michelle Miyagi
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