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The Diary of Anne Ku

3 July 2000 Monday


My mother picked me up from the airport. She looked healthier than last time. I was about to find out why.

Mom was always blessed with green fingers (or green thumb in the US). In Okinawa, she grew green beans, squash, spinach, and red chilli peppers in the humid, subtropical weather. Now she was growing tomatoes, cucumbers, and string beans. Like my sister who had discovered the joy of gardening, my mother attended to her vegetables with great care.

If I had constant warm weather and continuous sunshine, I would be growing vegetables, too. But that is too much to ask of the English sun. I planted mint last year - and they flourished. But this year, the snails ate them. I decided to grow tomatoes in pots and watch them carefully. But would they ever grow to six feet tall? I wouldn't dare dream. The weather is too fickle to grant me cucumbers and tomatoes. I will just indulge in my mother's and learn how to grow them when the weather is more forgiving.




20 August 2000

I had jotted down my thoughts of the day during my travels. Now that I've FINALLY unpacked and cleaned up my room, I found these notes. So I will now "back-fill" my on-line diary.