Friday, May 15, 2009

Seeds

Mowing the grass again, racing the rain that would transform it into a jungle if untended. Cole shadowing me with his lawn mower, keeping just enough distance to keep the grass from covering him. Settling into my grass cutting meditation, back and forth, the circles getting smaller, when Cole runs up waving his arms to get my attention, like Lassie trying to save Timmy from the well. Stopping the lawn mower I bend down...

What's up buddy?

Will you dig a hole with me to plant these seeds?

(Smiles) Sure, never too busy to plant new life.

Turning dirt, little hands tucked seeds into an earthen bed. A hug and few word and I return to my grass cutting, lost in progress and thought. Yelling. I look to see Cole again, yelling to get my attention.

What?

Do you think the flower has grown?

No, well maybe just a little.  Over the next couple days we may start to see something. It takes a long time for new things to grow. It will start to grow roots that will help it drink in the things to help it grow. All that has to happen before you will ever see it. Be patient, give it time.

It only takes one careless thought, one misspoke word, one action/reaction to tear things down. It takes a long time for new things to grow and take root. Change does not happen over night.

11 comments:

Daniel said...

Growth and progress takes patience. Dang, I hate waiting.

Leah said...

This reminds me of one of my most favorite children's stories, Frog and Toad and the Garden: "Now seeds...START GROWING!!!!"

Do you know that one?

Brian Miller said...

@leah - familiar with frog and toad, but that story is alluding me...will have to check it out with the boys.

@daniel - can relate...lol.

Lori E said...

You can bring out this post in later years when it is time for the S.E.X. talk with your boys.

Candie Bracci said...

True words here!

What is it that everything takes time to grow and it just takes a fingersnap to destroy them?

Isn't that right most of the time?Well I don't know if I did express it well,but sure you get what I was trying to say.

Great thoughts like usual ;)

Cinnamon said...

Ah you are so funny- 'settling in to my grass cutting meditation' LOL! And what a great Da to break away to encourage/teach your little chap.

So true, your thoughts on growing. Preparation, time, nuturing...things we can apply to many aspects of our lives.

C.M. Jackson said...

Brian
it is the wise man who takes time for his children...a lesson and memory gained for both you and Cole. I do agree with Lor e --this will come in handy for the TALK;-) great post--c

Brian Miller said...

@lori - lol. do you remember digging that hole the day you stopped me from cutting the grass, well it's kinda like that, no not the grass cutting, well arrrghhh...come back in a couple years, sure i will blog about it.

@candi - unfortunately too true and i caught what you are saying...happy weekend!

@cinnamon - !!! welcome back !!! many aspects...

@cm jackson - ty, smiles

Lola said...

I love coming here, Brian. It's like looking in a mirrored parallel universe! E. (my 3yr old son) and I planted some seeds his grandpa sent him from the US and exactly 15 minutes later he was frustrated that nothing was budding yet. So I gave him the patience, growth and time spiel and guess what? The next MORNING one single minuscule sprout was there, showing off its majesty.
Smitten me and my haughty grown up talk...

Megan said...

Patience is one of the hardest things to teach, I think. Nice story!

Ronda Laveen said...

But to a little one a minute is s-u-c-h a long time. To wait is excruciating. What a wonderful sharing of life and moment of giving life.