It has been a rainy April, both literally and metaphorically. Staying at home out of respectful management of the Covid-19 pandemic is effective and taking a toll at the same time. Lives are being lost, livelihood is being altered, and many of us are feeling stress and strain.
In these difficult times, I seek out and savor as many rewarding practices as possible to keep me more positively grounded in the present with that hopeful mindset for the future.
Tracy began a vegetable and herb garden. Her seedlings are sprouting successfully and she has begun transplanting the heartier stock and putting them outside on a limited basis. We monitor them closely and pull them inside when the forecast is calling for a particularly cold evening. Their progress is encouraging.
For my part I have two projects of a less practical nature and yet quite powerful for me just the same. I am preparing the annual planting of the morning glory seeds which will allow their vines to grow up the trellis around our mailbox and eventually burst forth with the heavenly blue flowers each morning. It is a tradition from my boyhood and with many nostalgic references for me. I plant them believing they will grow and that there will be a time in the future when the rewards of these efforts will be realized. It is a covenant of sorts which I kept with my mom in her living years and with the world still in my own. It is a confident belief in hope’s power for the present.
As a reminder to myself, I seek out concrete rewards which are more immediate although they place their roots in efforts long past. More than twenty years ago, on April 19, 2000, the Ms. Kim Lilac I planted for Modi began its journey of growth. Now is the time for those buds to spring forth and each day I take the opportunity to marvel at the progress with the confidence that ahead they will burst forth into lilacs gifting me with the fragrant aroma on my birthday.
These are difficult days and indeed rain will fall in April. As the rain helps bring forth our flowers and gardens, so too will the rewards of our efforts help bring forth the better days for which we hope. It takes a bit of planning, a bit of sustained effort, and some time but the evidence of this approach is all around us to encourage our efforts.