Yippee! I logged on to the Web today to see the happy news that Martha has indeed been released from prison. The only thing that disturbs me was the news that if she wants to work in her garden, her "garden activities" must be planned in advance, cleared through her parole officer, and be included in her maximum-allowed 48-hour work week (in which she is allowed to leave her home).
Excuse me, but as a gardener who is currently without a garden, I can vouch for the fact that time spent pulling weeds, planting bulbs, watering, etc. does not conveniently fall within the workweek. It's kind of extracurricular.
So what if Martha is actually, you know, working during her five months of house arrest. How will her gardening get done? I completely understand that she should get pre-approval for activities that take her off her property, but what, she's supposed to say "from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 16, I plan to water my flower boxes and sow some lettuce seeds." What if something in the garden needs immediate attention, something that couldn't be planned for? This is very distressing. But then, I suppose she has a gardening staff who can tend to those garden emergencies. I sure hope so.
Before Martha's trial and conviction, I was only a casual reader of her magazine and viewer of her television show. I would certainly not have considered myself a "fan," per se. But my admiration of her has multiplied exponentially since her trial. Yes, what she did was technically wrong, but prison time? Please. She was totally singled out because of who she was.
No one was hurt by her "crime" (i.e., prices of the stock she dumped didn't take a nosedive and harm other investors). I love it that some violent offenders see less time inside a prison than she did. Yeah, that's justice. So I rallied behind her for that reason, then gained even more admiration when she decided to do her time and get it over with so she could move on, instead of just sitting banking on the appeals process. Cool, very cool. And smart. And gutsy. But then, look at what this woman has achieved in her life. She wasn't born rich; she built her own success. And that success will continue to grow, I have no doubt. I know plenty of other people who like her more now than ever.
I've never been a huge fan of "The Apprentice" (I have a hard time with bad comb-overs), but I am eagerly awaiting the new version starring Martha. He Who Puts Up With Me thought I should audition for it, which amused me, since I thought the same thing after the show was announced...for about 30 seconds. I'd rather be a domestic goddess in a more limited sphere, thank you very much.