Friday, April 24, 2009

Roots


"We are celebrating Earth Day. Do you think you could come help the kids plant a few flowers?"  Innocent enough, why not?

When we showed up this morning at Logan's school to spend an hour with his class, replanting the flower garden, the story changed just a bit. His teacher asked if I would help remove a weed. No big deal right? Except it was really about the size of a small tree and they had just let it grow for about four years.

Gathering the troops, I put them to work trenching around the roots. The kids loved it, a lot more interesting than putting bulbs in the ground. Destruction has that kind of allure it seems. They happily troweled the dirt, hacked at the roots and tugged at the immovable beast. After an hour, we were left with one root that ran deep and held tight to the earth's embrace.

While my helper's had to return to greater educational endeavors, I wasn't backing down. Fifteen minutes of blood, sweat and tears later, and thankfully no English lessons, a mighty crack resounded and I held aloft my trophy of man-dom. I wanted to march triumphantly into the class, like a hero returning from battle, but my wife held me in check. Honestly I was a little disappointed when Logan's response after school was "Oh, you got it out."

That's life though. When you let a weed (in your life) grow for several years, it's roots grow deep and taking it out will not be easy. You may have to dig in other areas you never thought it affected. Removing it will get a whole lot more attention, than when you plant the good things. Why would you ever want to remove that? It's not hurting anything, anyone. Once you have dug your heals in and forcibly removed it though, the rest of the garden grows so much better.

14 comments:

The Silver Fox said...

I would have "march[ed] triumphantly into the class," wife or no. But I'm like that. The story reminds me of a scaled-down version of the "tree stump" segment of the novel "Shane." Well done.

Mrsupole said...

I think I would have just walked back and forth in front of the door until the kids clapped, because they would have loved being a part of something so big, but mostly because they probably had already lost interest and would need a reminder of their work. They have such a short attention span as youngesters tend to have that ability of not worrying about things to come.

But I always love how you segway into how everyday events affect our lives.

God bless.

Daniel said...

Today, Brian brings you another pithy life lesson, taken straight from the pages of his eternal struggle with the "beast". Funny images and good thought to start my day. Most awesome.

Brian Miller said...

@daniel - i have had to wrestle many a beast in my life. quite a bit of junk that my own poor decisions got me into. at least it gives some interesting stories. have a great weekend bro.

@mrsu - lol. i think life has a lot to teach us. great to see you back, have missed your comments.

@silverfox - lol. tempting...really.

California Girl said...

very nice metaphor.

gotta go weed!

Rob said...

You should have spiked the root like a football and then done an endzone dance to celebrate.

Leah said...

Your parables are so terrific, Brian. I really find them rewarding.

Ronda Laveen said...

Yeah, sometimes it just to be the principle of the thing. The pride of finishing something you started. And you are right, problems left untended will invade. But like your son's less than expected response, we can't always expect others to notice the work it took to clean the space.

Brian Miller said...

@cali - don't we all

@rob - i am now choreographing for future weed pulling. lol.

@leah - thanks : )

@ronda - great comment, good wisdom. love it.

Baino said...

Worthy of pulling your shirt over your head and running a soccer style lap of honour round the classroom I think! Come on over here, I have plenty more you can practice on!

Ronda Laveen said...

Ditto Baino. I've got lots of weed practice here. And more every day.

Megan said...

Some of my roots go pretty deep. And I'm so lazy!

lettuce said...

yeah, another great metaphor Brian

and a root like that will take up the space needed by other more valuable things...

have a great weekend!

BluNBlond said...

I agree with Rob! haha, congrats on getting it out! :)