Wednesday, November 9, 2011

There is comedy everywhere in life...

I’m fascinated with my ability to see the "funny" in things that may not be obvious to the naked eye.  It happens way too often, and it's probably my curse, but I have to share the musings in my head before they get tossed in to the recycle bin of my aging memory.  Hopefully someone, somewhere, will appreciate what I find funny, ironic and so serendipitous in life.  It’s quite possible that no one will find this even remotely laughable but I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt and hoping you will…

So the story goes...

Bill has been very busy planting an herb and vegetable garden.  It’s been his little "baby" of sorts for the past couple months now.

He interviewed and hired the rock wall builders to create a garden bed on some 
unusable land behind our home...


The Samoan and Tongan workers built a beautiful wall and bed that was ready for dirt and soil...

Bill chose the best herbs and veggies to plant AND installed an irrigation system (on his own, I might add)...

He tilled the earth, and brought in some rich soil.  

And he planted...
and he was extremely proud to show off his new garden.

And me?  I stood by and watched it unfold...mostly because this is just not my expertise.

But I did, however, notice something very funny and ironic after all was said and done...
What does the shape of this garden bed resemble?

A pregnant belly perhaps???

All of this happened without either of us realizing it.  And then one day it dawned on me -- as our perfect little baby is growing in our perfect surrogate 5,000 miles away we subliminally and serendipitously created a garden bed in the perfect shape of a pregnant belly.

And now we watch our gardens grow.

And how cute is it that Bill carved our initials in the wet cement?

A little history on the word serendipitous: We are indebted to the English author Horace Walpole for the word serendipity, which he coined in one of the 3,000 or more letters on which his literary reputation primarily rests. In a letter of January 28, 1754, Walpole says that "this discovery, indeed, is almost of that kind which I call Serendipity, a very expressive word." Walpole formed the word on an old name for Sri Lanka, Serendip. He explained that this name was part of the title of "a silly fairy tale, called The Three Princes of Serendip: as their highnesses traveled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of...."

(Kind of like our quest over the past two and a half years, to San Francisco, to India, to Los Angeles, to Washington, D.C, and even more surprisingly, to Blogland, where we discovered some super cool people that we now call friends).



  1. That's freaky and cool all rolled into one! Sorry usually I'm full of laughs but a bit low in that dept at the mo. Hey just wanted to say I loved your comments on my blog... esp about kicking the infertility gods in the nuts. I even cracked a smile, first one all week!!!! Thanks it means a lot, more than you know! Wishing you a beautiful healthy pregnancy, oh, and veggie garden!!!

  2. Thanks Bec. YOU ROCK. Remember that (more on my subsequent comment on your blog :-))

  3. that's an amazing space! very jealous, i might add. though i definitely do NOT have a green thumb, i live in the wonderful world of optimism and keep trying over and over! lol ... and funny as hell the resemblance. honestly, had you not pointed it out i wouldn't have noticed myself. ;)

  4. Very cool!! Isnt it weird how things like this happen and it always after that we see it? Love it!

  5. Well i must say i did giggle and did a head tilt to see you are AMAZINGLY right!! the post and the connection with growing babies..loving your vision on things these days (as well as ur wonderful comments for me :)

    Love from Jersey!!

  6. That's super cool! Slightly freaky, but in a very cool way! :)

  7. That's beautiful. We haven't started our surrogacy journey yet, but I'm going to remember this. You can start thinking about what you'll plant in the third trimester? Maybe some indian herbs? :)Zoe