July 1 – Diary of a Space Zucchini

July 1

TodayGardener and his crew will depart in their seed pod; the replacement crew is readyto carry on in their place.  He iswearing his space suit undergarments. Not too stylish but functional.  Hegave all of us an extra long smell.  Hisnose twitched with the slightest tickle from the leaf hairs on little Zuc.  He said that what will be is for thebest.  It has been a wonderful journey;one chapter is closing, another is opening.  He had tears in his eyes, not just a smalldrop at the corners but a pool that was making him blink.  He reached up and turned out the light.  In the frontier you should not be afraid ofthe dark.

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