One thing jumped out to me in episode 17. The cool guy Kaji, who seemed like just a shallow “player” type, introduced his friend Shinji to his secret watermelon garden.
It’s my hobby. Don’t tell anybody, okay?
Shinji was feeling down at the time, and Kaji was trying to lift him up.
It’s great to make something. To grow something. You notice things and figure stuff out. Things you enjoy, for example
Shinji was’t super receptive at the time, but I knew exactly what Kaji was talking about, having experimented with gardening some myself in my tiny urban plot.
There was the early attempt in the pandemic, then everything getting wiped out in the 2021 snowpocalypse. Hints of a natural rebirth, then actively clearing out the dead brush for new growth. This was followed by some small success at growing something you can eat, and then some wild growth this spring.
Right now I’m eating a few bell peppers, tomatoes, jalapeños, and strawberries from my tiny garden. The pesky birds and squirrels have caught on and are usually getting to the good stuff before I do. 😭
Still, I don’t mind feeding the wildlife. I just like to grow stuff. 🤷🏻♂️