“Betwixt and Between” is one of our favorite expressions.
To us, it means being “in process” and not quite finished with something. As in, “Betwixt and between re-working the deer fence, I chatted with our neighbor.”
Were you in my English class, I’d patiently explain that “Between” is a preposition, and must never fall as the last word of a sentence.
It is an expression of position, and only has meaning in reference to other ideas.
As in, “Between a rock and a hard place.” or perhaps, “Between you, me, and the cat….”
So “Between” expresses relationships.
Come to think of it, don’t we live in a state of, “Between?”
What are you “Between?” What processes are unfolding in your life?
Gardeners live in a constant state of “Between.” For us, process is continuous.
We are “Between” seasons, or “Between” harvests.
Sometimes we are “Between” planting and blooming; or “Between” blooming and dieing back.
“Between” is a bridge, a connection, and a journey. It separates, even as it connects.
And sometimes, it delights.
Between can be the “long and winding road” which takes us along in life to unanticipated pleasures and unplanned achievements.
After a long stretch of “Between,” sometimes we look around and realize we have arrived at a new place- a place of beauty where we can catch our breath for a moment, before starting out on the next leg of the journey.
May you walk in beauty
between here and there;
now and then;
between this breath and the next;
this you, and who you are becoming.
Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome, 2014