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Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring thoughts...

Thinking Spring thoughts today!

I am what you might call a lazy gardener.  I don't enrich the soil before planting.  I plant seeds but forget to water them.  When weeds start to grow around my pathetic little plants, I might pull them or then again, I might not.  Protection from predators?  Naw.  It's a wonder that ANY of those plants grow to maturity.  I guess I shouldn't complain about the poor yield of my little vegetable patch.

Do you know where I'm going with this?  That's right...children!  Packed in their tiny baby bodies is tremendous potential.  How we nurture, protect and enrich those budding "sprouts" will determine their strength when they reach maturity.

Just like a little seed, a baby needs a rich environment to grow strong and healthy.  She needs to be nourished both physically, emotionally and spiritually.  She needs to be nurtured with love.  She needs protection against danger.  She needs to experience a variety of challenges to be able to withstand greater trials as she grows.  And, as she continues to grow, she becomes strong.

There isn't anything haphazard about parenting.  Like a vigilant gardener, a wise parent knows that by addressing the many needs of their children, they are helping them grow into strong and happy adults.

Happy gardening!


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