Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Growing, Sowing, Unknowing

About two months ago, my partner and I planted a garden. A fancy garden bed with a screen was constructed to keep out any bug intruders. Our intentions were to begin seedlings in starter pots with the hopes to eventually transfer them to the raised garden beds. To begin, we purchased zucchini, lettuce, and swiss chard seeds.

I was ecstatic to be able to plant Swiss chard again! Before I had moved to South Carolina from Florida, I started a small garden with a conglomeration of swiss chard and tomato seeds. Unfortunately, they were quite neglected. I had spent 8 months out of that year in the hospital. While my dad was home, ensuring the garden received tender love and care was not high on his priory list. After all, he had to balance going to work between the hour and a half commutes to visit my mom and I at the hospital.

In the recent gardening shenanigans, I got a bit hasty. My clumsy self managed to dump half of the lettuce seeds out on the ground during the planting process. The wind dispersed the seeds in the grass surrounding the patio area.

Regrettably, life interfered a second time. None of the seedlings were watered daily. Walking outside to care for them had been too much, as I was recovering from a couple of setbacks. I caught a respiratory virus and the home health company experienced a shortage in the safe IV bags that do not cause Mast Cell Disease reactions. I was left without saline for an extended period. Needless to say, I was a hot mess!

Regardless of the past obstacles, it is now time to plant the seedlings in the actual garden bed. Upon doing this, I noticed that not only have the seeds in the pots started sprouting, but the Bibb lettuce seeds that were dropped have sprouted in scattered patterns across the yard. Ironically, the plants growing off the beaten path appear better than the others that are slightly wilting and tinged with yellow. The lettuce seeds ended up in an environment preserving perfect amounts of rain water, not drying up from the direct sunlight like the plants in the garden bed. They obviously were not receiving water by my hands.

I cannot help but to resonate with these little plants. They thought they were aware of their purpose. They thought they knew the ideal location to fulfill that purpose, but similar to them, we do not always have a choice in where life takes us. It can bring us where we have no desire to be, like to the bland state of South Carolina from sunny or to the patio corner from luxurious starter pots.

However, we do have a say in our responses to the upheavals in life. We can make attempts to thrive. It may come as a surprise that an unexpected move can potentially create conditions to thrive and prosper with newfound purpose, even if it is not where or how we necessarily wanted.