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The tomato effect

Yesterday afternoon, I got an email from Seed Savers Exchange announcing it’s time to put in transplant orders. Since I moved to Oakland, I’ve been deleting most messages from SSE, although, it should be noted, not actually getting off the mailing list. Just deleting, and ignoring.

Until yesterday afternoon.

Though it’s not yet time for a full announcement, suffice it to say that I have solved the I-don’t-have-a-garden-in-Oakland problem. There are changes in store, and they’re coming fairly quickly. I’ll get to that, but for now, you’ll just have to stay in suspense.

Because this is not a story about moving. This is about how, as I clicked through the tomato seedling possibilities (Mexico Midget, Amish Paste, Stupice…), a quick wash of sadness surprised me. Not regret, not hindsight, not a revision of memory, just a momentary reminder of where all this began, and where things are not anymore.

And then it was gone, and I resumed normal operating levels of happiness. But who knew the simple idea of a tomato could carry so much memory in its wake?

12 Comments on “The tomato effect”

  1. #1 Christina
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 10:11 am

    OOOOOOOOh, I’m definitely in suspense.

  2. #2 inadvertentgardener
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Christina, news coming soon. ;-)

  3. #3 Anita / Married with dinner
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    very dramatic :)

  4. #4 inadvertentgardener
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Anita, I like to think of my blog as having a constant drumroll in the background. ;-)

  5. #5 tea_austen
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    This is lovely, Genie. I can imagine the memories—I get sappy whenever I see my gardening basket/tools.

    And I CANNOT wait to hear about your new adventures. Exciting!

  6. #6 Jen of Ben
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    You’re killin’ me…what’s going on?

  7. #7 inadvertentgardener
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Tea, they’re pretty bittersweet, these memories, but still, yes — important nonetheless.

    Jen of Ben, I owe you a phone call, mon frere. Will update you soon.

  8. #8 Kristina
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Can’t wait to hear the news! And Stupice is my favorite early tomato – good flavor and keeps on producing throughout the summer. I grow between 35-50 different kinds every year and that one always makes the cut.

  9. #9 inadvertentgardener
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Kristina, are you kidding me? You grow between 35 and 50 DIFFERENT KINDS OF TOMATOES? I knew there was a reason we’re friends.

  10. #10 Heather's Garden
    on Jan 21st, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Woohoo! Can’t wait to hear more.

  11. #11 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    on Jan 27th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Oh, do tell…..

  12. #12 inadvertentgardener
    on Feb 3rd, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Heather, more news is coming…stay tuned!

    Lydia, I will! I will! In fact, this week, I’ll tell. :-)

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