If you are a gardener, comparing a pause in your gardening activities to holding your breath makes perfect sense. If you are not a gardener, you may be shaking your head, wondering why a gardener would hold her breath.
Well, really, we don't actually hold our breaths if we leave our gardens. But we do breathe best with our hands in the dirt and our noses stuck in flowers.
In temperate climates, we don't get to spend all year breathing in a garden. We are more or less forced to head indoors and leave the garden when fall turns winter-like and then winter settles in. When this happens, and it happens every year, we find reasonable substitutes for
We remember what it is like to breathe in a garden in May, and use that memory to sustain us through the long winter.