We were in the garden today, picking tomatoes and green beans and cucumbers and flowers. For those looking for the school posts I promised, I apologize. They are just not ready. Stay tuned, they’ll be coming soon! In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy this lesson from the garden.
The garden provides so many illustrations for life and the lessons I learn from my children seem to come around again and again. Today, as I was looking out the window recently, I was struck by how much bigger the plants seemed that morning than they did the evening before. I’m not kidding – some of these plants had grown by inches overnight! I remembered the tiny seeds we sowed only about a month ago. There is so much potential packed inside that wee little package. I have had the same thoughts while snuggling my sweet newborn babes.
After a short time in the warm, moist, nourishing soil, they push up through the surface with incredible strength. So strong, yet fragile at the same time. And so it is with infants. It boggles my mind that when my babies are still so tiny they quickly become mobile. Crawling and pulling up and exploring and discovering, they can withstand bumps and bruises that would have me doubled over, nursing the pain. Then those seedlings turn their faces to the warm sun, drink up the rains, spread out their leaves, send their roots deep down for the nutrients of the soil. In the same way, my little crawlers are soon toddling along, turning their faces up toward mine for encouragement and approval, reaching out their arms for a reassuring hug, planting their feet firmly as if to say ‘this is MY turf!’
It is so exciting to collect the bounty of our harvest. Just as we watch the garden grow from seeds to seedlings to blossoming plants and then mature to fruit-bearing, we watch our children through all these phases as well. Each new stage and phase in the development of my little one brings the same wonder, the same peek into the fruit of the future. I have loved this journey, watching my children grow. Yes, I am always a bit sad to leave the sweet baby years behind, but it is so fun to see their personalities blossom. There are always surprises.
Remember that seed with so much potential? With our children taking wing and heading off on their own, starting their own homes and families, I am seeing how much life truly is packed in those little seeds. We have grandbabies arriving now. The life cycle continues.
I have not forgotten the fact that tending a garden also means dealing with weeds, disease, pests. Along with the thrill of the harvest, there is the labor of keeping it a healthy growing environment. The squash bugs got to our zucchini and summer squash plants early on, so sad. There are some little tiny aphid-like pests making their home on our tomato plants. We ward off caterpillars and grasshoppers as best we can. I think I’ll leave that to another post 😉 Still, gardening – it’s a good thing!
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