Sunday, March 8, 2009

Winter Storms and Chauncey Gardner

While waiting for the storm to end I was reading a new post in a friend's Blog.
Donna said,
“We all know the nation's economy changed fast. It seems to be the topic of every discussion today right along with our Wisconsin weather.   
I woke up Sunday morning to find that most of our snow was gone, but things sure did change quickly. The good thing about change is that it's inevitable. I know the snow will eventually be gone and Spring will soon be here. I'm hopeful for the same inevitable change for our economy.”

It reminded me of a Scene from my favorite movie, Being There.
The President was consulting with one of his advisors, Benjamin Rand,
when he paused and asked the opinion of Chauncey “The” Gardener.

President: “Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can
stimulate growth through temporary incentives?”

Chauncey Gardener: “ As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.”

President: “In the garden.”

Chauncey Gardener: “Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes
spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter.
And then we get spring and summer again.”

President:   “Spring and summer.”
Chauncey Gardener:   “Yes.”
President:   “Then fall and winter.”
Chauncey Gardener:   “Yes.”

Benjamin Rand: “I think what our insightful young friend is saying is that we
welcome the inevitable seasons of nature, but we're upset by
the seasons of our economy.”

Chauncey Gardener: “Yes! There will be growth in the spring!”

President: “ Well, Mr. Gardner, I must admit that is one of the most refreshing and optimistic
statements I've heard in a very, very long time.
I admire your good, solid sense. That's precisely what we lack on Capitol Hill.”

Well Chauncey, I”m with you. Bring on Spring!


  1. Thank you for making the connection and sharing those lines. By the way.. "A rose is Spanish" .. just beautiful.

  2. I think all "GARDNERS" love spring!!!
    Thanks for sharing,

  3. Great post. I'm ready for spring! Used to be exciting for the smell of growing green grass, and the blooming of beautiful blossoms. These days... it's the silence... the beauty of a day without the furnace kicking on! Spring... the affordable heat source.

  4. Nice post. I am going to have rent "Being There". Maybe I'll curl up with a blanket and watch it one of these cold, rainy nights. (not on "LOST" wednesday night!)