Too Much of a Good Thing

At first I was intrigued.

You were different from the others, unique, set-apart, in a class of your own.

I wanted to know more.

I asked around and learned your name; I watched you now and then. I learned that you are capable of presenting yourself in a variety of ways; like a chameleon able to change color. I found some shades of you more appealing than others but, for the most part, I enjoyed our time together; you brightened my life.

Before too long I realized you were becoming selfish, settling into places I hadn’t invited you, pushing others aside as you claimed more territory for yourself than I had originally planned.

I spent a number of hours yesterday trying to eradicate you from my life. I got up early, I worked hard, but still I am not finished. It will take a bit longer than I hoped, and I suspect that just when I think I’m done I will find some evidence of you trying to reclaim your turf. I won’t give up though, I will reclaim the space you are trying so hard to dominate.

Columbine, my love affair with you is over. It was fun while it lasted but I’m moving on to a perennial that is not quite so overbearing.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Love your new site! I have thought about WordPress, but it looked hard to learn.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Nancy!

  2. I’ve had to do that also…it is hard….to break up with a plant….

    1. It is hard to break up with a plant, but I’m sure there is something better out there waiting!

  3. LOL! Cute post Linda.

  4. Lol, I’m not a gardener but I can relate. Thought you were talking about an old flame or something.

  5. But… but I am so beautiful, how can you not want more of me? 🙂

    1. LOL DJan!

  6. I love this! I’m starting to feel the same way about my bee balm.

  7. Ha, I was wondering what had taken over so viciously! 🙂

  8. You know what came to mind as I read this: sin. It starts out being so compelling … even lovely. But as it’s root system spread it become invasive. The beauty turns out to be not in it’s flower, but in the fact that it’s a week.

    Great post!

    1. Kathleen that is amazing! I certainly wasn’t thinking about that when I wrote it but it sure fits. Thanks for pointing it out.

  9. I had to do the exact same thing this spring..out with the clutter of that plant! Now, if I could just do the same with the areas of my cluttered life!

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