Waiting for ‘DaGourds

a pair of birdhouse gourds

Keeping cozy

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot was required reading during my college days.  It’s summarized as an absurdest play, with two men waiting in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot.  Interpretations of the play vary widely.

I’m waiting for the gourds to turn brown. How’s that for absurd?  I waited months for the birdhouse gourds to turn green.  Now I’ll wait even longer for them to turn brown.

My wait isn’t political, psychological, Freudian or existential. It’s craft-based. I’m waiting for the gourds to turn brown so I can carve them into birdhouses.

I’ve bundled them up to keep them warm and dry.  I give them a spin now and again to be sure they’re drying evenly. Today I wrapped them in scarves and set them on a chair where they sit mocking me. They seem determined to remain ever-green.

Waiting for Godot is “a tragicomedy in two acts.”  Waiting for the gourds is just silly.

Birdhouse Gourds in Scarves

Birdhouse Gourds Staying Dry and Warm


10 thoughts on “Waiting for ‘DaGourds

  1. Oh, your gourds look so cozy in their little scarves, lol. I saw that play Waiting for Godot. Think it would have been even better if they were dressed up like gourds in scarves. Just sayin’…..


  2. LOL, your two make a handsome couple in their jaunty little scarves. Crack me up 😀 What a time you’ve had with these and how much satisfaction will you get when you see a little wee bird set up house once they’re done? A happy welcome home I’d imagine. You are a most patient gardener Alys and lucky is nature to have you.


  3. They are so impressive and look like fine company in those jaunty scarves! I would rather watch your gourds turn brown than watch Waiting for Godot I’m afraid! I went to a performance once starring a late, great English actor Pete Postlethwaite but my husband (then boyfriend) and I left in the interval. I knew he was the one for me with such confidence not to sit through something you are not enjoying out of politeness! I’m sure you’ll make great bird houses, can’t wait to see them:)


    • I love that about both of you! Well done. I remember the name Pete Postlewaite. Did he do film work as well? I’ll have to Google his name.

      I’m really surprised to see the gourds so green. I guess it will take a lot longer then expected. Next spring!


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