Twice was one time more than necessary. Don’t do it the same way twice. Ever! That didn’t change things. Do it once. Watch. See what works. Try a new way. Wait. Learn. Trust Life to bring in a whole wagon load of chances to try a new way. She sure was good at that one!
Why did people make it so hard? Some people taught classes on how to do life better. Some preachers and teachers put food on their tables telling anyone who would listen – and even those who didn’t give a cootie’s flip – how to do it right. Tildy noticed they didn’t have to do it right themselves – they just had to boss other people’s lives good. They talked about it on TV. Three looooong shelves in the library were devoted to the topic. How to do it right.
Tildy had a better idea. Do it once. Watch. See what works. Try a new way. Wait. Learn. Oh, and let it go if it didn’t work out ok. Don’t get mad at yourself for that. Sometimes she had to try it different lotsa times to get the hang of it. Fun was when you finally figured it out. Sometimes people would say, “That Tildy, she has a way with plants”, but she knew they didn’t really watch her or they would see the ones that she tenderly cared for that slowly lost life until they weren’t there anymore. People only saw ones that perked up and spread their leaves to the sun. Plants knew better; sometimes it didn’t work but you learned. They helped her learn so she could help other plants. They were in this together. Do it once. Watch. See what works. Try a new way. Wait. Learn.
Tildy told this to people. She knew they didn’t know so she reminded them. Everyone thought they knew more than she did so they didn’t listen. They thought everyone else knew more than they did inside themselves, so they didn’t listen to their inside voice either. Those voices hollered and yelled and threw life turmoil at them to get their attention and they still didn’t listen.
Tildy listened to her inside voice. She didn’t want all that stuff thrown at her. Momma said she shouldn’t ’cause it made her do strange things people didn’t like. But Tildy knew better. It was so simple to be free! Do it once. Watch. See what works. Try a new way. Wait. Learn.
She picked up a handful of soggy creek moss and put it on her arm where the thorn had scratched deep. She wound the clean rag around to hold it in place and dipped it in the clear water to soak it wet. This time she decided to leave the snails in the moss. It was their home and maybe they could teach her something.
Ellie’s Note: from time to time Tildy shows up in my mind with things to say. She introduced herself into my awareness when I was on a road trip and we’ve been friends ever since. Hope you enjoy her!