An Urban Gardener
by Sister Roberta Kerins, New York
This is a tale of seeds, last year’s seeds. They were stored on a whim with surprise coming in their rediscovery this Spring. Having been scraped off a paper towel, there was little expectation for growth, but “what was there to lose?” Sometime later, not long, their seeded heads peeked out from dirt, testing the friendliness of this new environment … and they grew, all 18 of them! Some plants were shared, while others found a home in this Rego Park slip of soil.
The tale continues of three tomato sibs.
This smaller of the three (#1) popped its head up with the others but just remained a very small plant, hardly identifiable. While the others filled out and grew tall, this one remained just a wee plant. Would it ever grow? Maybe. With the sprouting of a third leaf its time had come to go out with the others. Over a couple of weeks, it has filled out a bit but remains quite small, close to the ground, but healthy looking.
Another of the three has thrived (#2). It reaches to the sun like a pro and has already sprouted some buds, promising a wonderful harvest.
The last of the three struggles (#3). Its leggy stalk needs support while its color does not project wellness. However, even with this one, when looking closely at this stalk little shoots of leaves can be seen also stretching to the sun. It’s like the little train that could. “I think I can, I think I can.” Perhaps?
So, I garden because these wonders of nature speak to me. The seed itself is its own miracle. It waits for its awakening. A little soil and a little moisture quicken the life within, setting in motion a process of unimagined complexity and beauty. Then these very plants themselves – one seemingly with ease grows and flowers. Even at this point, it preens, promising a rich harvest. The other is beautifully small. It promises nothing but itself, and that’s enough. The third is having a hard time. Its leaves are sparse. Its shape gangly. Produce seems unlikely, but possible. However, its drive for life is its own lesson – Wonder-full!
For this urban gardener, that specks of seeds can be transformed into wonders of beauty leaves me in awe and deeply appreciative of the eloquence of the garden’s message. Its magic reveals life in the smallest of spaces and echoes again and again, “It’s all about life, It’s all about Life!”