Monday, June 25, 2012

State of the Garden Address

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:

Last month, I went to the feed store and brought home some of our last seeds to be planted. Together, we offered a final, proud attempt at successful germination. And several hundred gave their lives to damp, cool weather.
We gather this morning knowing that the turning of the seasons have made the garden safer and more likely to foster good growth. (Applause.) For the first time in nine months, there are no falling snowflakes from the Oregon skies. (Applause.) For the first time in six years, the Mama's distraction by infants is not a threat to the health of the Garden. (Applause.)
These achievements are a testament to the courage, selflessness and teamwork of the Family Twist. At a time when too many of our seasonal forces have let us down, they exceed all expectations. They’re not consumed with personal ambition. They don’t obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together to make this Garden grow. (Applause.)
Think about the Garden within our reach: A Garden that leads the state in feeding its people. A Garden that attracts a new generation of bountiful vegetables. A future where we’re in control of our own pest control, and our weeds and varmints aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world. A Garden built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded.
We can do this. I know we can, because we’ve done it before. (Applause.)
The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important. We can either keep the weeds at bay and the beneficial plants growing strong, or we can allow the mayhem of wild seed to infest our soil. (Applause.) What’s at stake aren’t Democratic values or Republican values, but Gardening values. And we have to reclaim them.
So it is with the Garden. Each time I look at that plot of soil, I’m reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those 50 stars and those 13 stripes. We did not build this garden as individuals. This Garden will be great, because we will tend it together. This Garden will be great because we work as a team. And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of weed- infestation, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard. As long as we are joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, and our future is hopeful, and the state of our Garden will always be strong.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)


maggiesfarm said...

About time for a heat wave?
...asks the weary gardener after weeks of battling slugs and downpours.
Soldier on!


Mouse said...

ohhh well done :) it is a rewarding task if it all goes well with weather and other factors and nothing beats fresh home grown food methinks :) love mouse xxxx

Vickie said...

Great post! Beautiful garden. :)