June 11th, 2010

Ode to a fallen comrade

It was with great sadness last night that I uprooted the first plant to give me joy. It was my pea plant, the one that sprouted and gave me such happiness way back when. This pea gave me the courage to believe in myself and my shoddy gardening skills. It made me think that I, humble little katie, could create life. That I could plant a seed, give it water and watch it grow. But just as I held that little pea’s creation in my hands, I also held it’s death. Yes, with the same hands that gave that little pea life, I took it away. I took it away by leaving for two weeks, by ignoring it while I moved and by foolishly trying to transplant it into my bigger community garden plot, when clearly all it wanted was to stay in its cozy little container and produce pods. My pea plant left behind 7 pods, which were promptly eaten by my fellow gardener. I will never forget you, dear pea plant. May you compost in peace.

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