Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I have a plant

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I have a plant.

I love this plant.

It’s called an Asparagus Fern.

My mom used to own it and I remember it from the time I was just a little boy. When my parents split, I took the plant. I’ve had it for ages. A few years ago my mom told me that I could take the plant out of the pot it was in, and separate the roots. I could then take these parts of the plant and put them into separate pots.

I did this.

The plant began to look sickly and I was afraid it was going to die. For a long time it looked terrible and I wondered if I should throw it out, so I wouldn’t have to watch it wither away.

I didn’t.

I watered it, and kept it in just the right amount of sunlight.

Something amazing happened…it got better. The green returned to its leaves and it started to grow…in both pots. I was thrilled. I now have three plants…two in my house, and one in my classroom.

I think that our lives are an awful lot like this plant. There have been times we’ve been uprooted and “torn apart” so to speak. These are hard times when we just want to give up and toss everything into the trash. But we can’t…we need to keep going. There will be growth again and a feeling of newness, however, it usually takes time.

A few years ago, Amy Grant came out with a song called, “It Takes a Little Time.” My favorite line from this song is:

“It takes a little time sometimes
To get your feet back on the ground
It takes a little time sometimes
To get the titanic turned back around.”

Sometimes we just need to be a little more patient with ourselves.

Life never ceases to amaze me...even with all the strains and adversity, my plant lives.

I love my plant.


9 comments:

Julie said...

I think we all need to remember this. That is a great song that I have always loved...and your plant is pretty great too!

shoezimm said...

I would love to know what you did to get your plant going....my section died completely...water, talking to it, fertilizer: nothing. It just kept wasting away and then finally gave in and died. I don't want to call that a metaphor for my life though since I'd like to think I am doing much better than that plant! Maybe its a good thing...while it looks lovely, its a sharp and pokey little thing....life is too short to have plants that can cause damage when you try watering it!

K.J. said...

What a inspirational story...Loved it!

Miya said...

Okay okay, I'm sorry about your dang plant! I'm just no good with houseplants, I told you that! *cries* I have an evil black thumb!

smalltoes said...

I love that you posted an Amy Grant video. Lol. You are so funny.

Teachinfourth said...

Jewels,

I love it too...have you ever heard her song, "Simple Things"? I think you'd really like it.

Shoe,

Yours died? Hmmmmm...

KJ,

Thanks for reading.

Meem,

It is still alive...I brought it back from the dead. By the way, it says hello but doesn't want you to ever have custody again.

Shay-Shay,

And what is wrong with Amy Grant? I've got a friend who used to have the same hairstyle...gotta love the 80's.

Gerb said...

Great story. Do you think like that all the time? I'm always amazed at the analogies you come up with.

Teachinfourth said...

Gerb,

It actually comes in waves to be honest. There are times when I think to myself, "Self...this is so amazing!" The sad thing is that I don't write these down often and then I forget.

Danielle said...

I totally feel you.

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