Posted: 05/07/2013 at 07:59
Posting at entirely the wrong time, because I did not get the chance yeterday. I, too, have read these posts and been moved by them. After a somewhat abusive childhood, | have had my own struggles with depression and facing and dealing with the realities of life, so I feel the pain of other contributors to the thread. Being in touch with living, growing things in the garden is a very healing thing.
I echo what has been said about dogs, too. When a series of disasters happened to me - my son's illness, my brain tumour, financial reverses, my grandkids moved away and finances and friendships were undermined, cuddling my dogs and laughing at their antics was a life-saver. However, I can get a better walk if I leave them behind - they keep wanting to stop and sniff, mark and bark at cats!