Everyone needs a little help from time to time

Published 9:41 am Wednesday, March 9, 2022

“You normally have to be bashed about a bit by life to see the point of daffodils, sunsets and uneventful nice days.” ~ Alain de Botton


With daffodils nodding sunshine-yellow smiles and spring around the corner, many of us are stopping by garden centers. I swung by one for a large bale of peat moss and a peek at incoming plants being unloaded. 

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Of course, those heavy bales were stacked wayyyy-high, and there was no help around for 40 acres…so I tugged one off the top, let it thump to ground, and tried (huff, huff) to wrangle it to the cart. The cart would move, the bale would not, and round-and-round we went. I just could NOT manage to lift that beast by myself—you’re slipping, I thought: winter-weak ole gal! 


Finally, I wiggled-pushed-skidded it on the bottom of the cart, paid up and told the lone cashier I needed HELP to load it. Of course, no help for 40 miles or acres. As I steered the load to my car trunk, I looked far and wide, and saw help coming over the horizon, just as I was starting to wrangle again.

Sometimes it pays to admit to ourselves we need a little help. I’ve never asked for help on toting peat moss bales, but from now on, it’s a new day. HELP! 


Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) is busy year-round with land  conservation, trails, projects and more: visit saludaclt.org or call 828-749-1560 to learn more. You can support SCLT with donations, volunteering and through Amazon Smile. Contact “Trail Boss” Chuck Hearon at chearon1942@gmail.com about ideas or willingness to lead a hike, or to help clear trails. On March 12, there will be a Kudzu Control Camp at Saluda Dog Park, 199 Chestnut Street,  from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. This workshop will be led by Betsy Burdett and Don Dicey, who will provide hands-on instructions on identifying/controlling kudzu. SCLT’s Walks in the Woods resume this month with a walk on March 20 at Twin Bridges to enjoy spring wildflowers by the Pacolet River. Meet at Saluda Library’s parking lot at 2 p.m. to carpool. 


Saluda Garden Club will visit Sow True Seeds in Asheville on March 21, 1 p.m.; contact Susan Cannon at 828-749-3852 for information.

The Saluda Winter Market is every other Saturday through the end of March at Saluda Center, 64 Greenville Street from 9-12. 


Thee Saluda Pop-Up Pantry is Tuesday from 1-6 at Saluda Presbyterian Church, 54 Carolina Avenue (behind Saluda Library). 


Happy March Birthday to: Genell Jespersen, Valerie Mintz, Sheldon Mintz, Curtis Pace, Anita Odgen Moore, Dorrie McKinley, Catherine Ross, Monica Pace, Ken Justus, Elizabeth Justus, Arlene Klippel, Rachel Bradley, Chris Bradley,  Martha Stoney Anderson, Dawn Ward, Peggy Wolf, Dori Ray, Martin Anderson, Lucy Holman, Craig Bass, Laura Bass, Patty Martin, Tangie Morgan, Melanie Keener, and Erica Shanks. 


Feel free to contact me at bbardos@gmail.com, (828) 817-6765, P.O. Box 331, Saluda, NC 28773, Facebook, or visit bonniebardos.com