An early morning walk in my garden after the rain.....
I've been creating these gardens for the past 22 years--ever since the last of my children began exerting his independence, otherwise known as, learning to walk.
I believe there is something in each of us, man or woman, that wants to nurture and be nurtured.
We may not all be able to have a child to raise, and even if we do, that does not last forever.
A garden, on the other hand, can be just a few square feet of earth. In fact, it can be as small as a pot of dirt.
I've placed an angel in three corners of my garden for each of my children.
Gardens are like children in many ways. If you don't spend time tending them, gardens become weedy. And if there has been no rain, you must water it. Every now and then they must be fed, especially if the soil isn't of the right mix of nutrients and materials to begin with. The inevitable pests must be rooted out, as well. But most of all, gardens are meant to be enjoyed!
It is there, in the enjoyment of our gardens....and of our children, that we will be nurtured....taking time to sit in our gardens to reflect on all they have to offer, what they mean to us, the beauty that is found there, realizing we are co-creators with God for they are His gardens that we plant and tend.
We have them for just a time. We watch them grow, and hopefully, flourish. All that matters is that we loved them--our gardens and our children.