I have a confession to make: I have been playing a game on the computer over the Christmas break. Not just a little, either. It has become obsessive to the point that I am neglecting my children. They ate cookies for breakfast yesterday.
I blame my husband (at least until I hear his cries of protest and realize I have no one to blame but myself). He got an ipad for Christmas, which was an entry into a whole new world. And this new world has a gardening game.
In my defense, it is January. Here in Canada that means long nights, cold temperatures, and snow. Even the greenery we had in the house to celebrate Christmas is gone. Obviously there can be no digging in the garden, but it is too early to plant seeds inside (even leeks!). A gardener can go stir crazy staring at seed catalogues this time of year. By the time Pat showed me Flowerama, I was weak.
Now I am planting all kinds of flowers in my little virtual garden. There are tulips and sunflowers, roses and primrose, violets, gerberas, lilies and even some strange looking cactus. With the help of a little gnome, everything is easily raked and watered (Who needs a cute pool boy? I wish I had a gnome like that fella). And when I harvest everything, it goes straight to my florist shop where some lovely people come in and buy them. It is simple and tidy, and it is the perfect antidote to a gardener’s winter.
Unfortunately, like a real garden, it is addictive. There is always something that needs weeding or planting and my gnome can’t be expected to do it all. Even as I write this I am getting pop-up messages telling me that the sunflowers need watering. And who can leave a plant to wither in the sun? Just gimme a second….
I know this will have to stop. As work gets back to normal after some post-Christmas leisure, I will be swept away by the preaching and visiting that awaits me. Hopefully I will order some seeds for my new garden. I could probably make some drawings for the spring garden renovation I’m planning, too. My children can’t eat cookies forever…
Until then, however, I am taking comfort in my on-screen garden and getting my flower fix. There is no harm in reveling in some virtual beauty and engaging in the creative process. For everything there is a season, the Bible says, and this is my season of computer gaming. Just a few more flowers and I’ll stop. I promise.