Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Daily DuBrule

Day 2

My favorite weatherman died yesterday. Dr. Mel Goldstein was an amazing man. He not only delivered wonderful weather forecasts, he did it with complete joy and passion. 

Weather is everything to a gardener. During the growing season, I wake up at 5:30 and immediately check the weather. It determines how my day is going to work. Weather affects which jobs we can do, whether someone has to water the retail store or not, and if we are going to have a busy day. This was a year of ridiculously extreme weather. Ice storms, blizzards, an earthquake, a hurricane, and a foot of snow on Halloween weekend. All that weather meant broken trees, lost plants, and lost time. Never mind lost power and inconvenience.

To have someone tell you what the weather is going to be at 5:30 in the morning who is happy, cheerful, and enthusiastic makes all the difference in the world. I loved Dr. Mel because he was completely, utterly, 100% IN LOVE with meteorology. He shared that love with all of us. That is exactly the way I feel about gardening. It is one of life's greatest gifts to do what you love every day and be able to share that with the world. 

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