Friday, October 19, 2018

19. A Moment of Decision

Since I’ve never grown anything from seed before, I was hesitant to do any weeding for a while. I had no idea what zinnia, sunflower, and wildflower sprouts looked like. I kept watering and sending these little sprouts my love and affection.

As the sprouts got taller and stronger, I began noticing something that was growing vigorously was also growing in places where I hadn’t planted seeds. Then one day, I noticed the same plant growing up out of a seam in my driveway. That third location sealed the deal for me. That plant wasn’t supposed to be where it was growing and it needed to go. I didn’t want it to choke out the burgeoning plants that were growing in their neat little rows.

It was a cool moment. I’d given the plants enough time to establish themselves and deduced that this particular plant didn’t belong. I could hear the catchy Sesame Street jingle in my head, “One of these things is not like the others.” And I didn’t consult anyone, either. This was my decision alone, and it proved to be a good one.

The offending weed appears directly behind the zinnia bud in the foreground.

A few days later- the flower is opening more and there's no more weed.


  1. Am I right in assuming there is a profound truth you are hiding here or is God just showing me things through your writing? I won't give it away but there's definitely a profound truth here singing out at me!

  2. I don't think I'm hiding anything! This gardening journey has been a deeply spiritual experience for me even if I'm not using spiritual terms to describe it. I am so glad these words are speaking to you. Thank you for sharing that and continuing to read.

  3. How satisfying to investigate and then make the right decision. You got this decision-making thing! Your garden is looking good.