Tuesday, March 14, 2017

“Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us, and see the beauty in ordinary things.”

~Thomas Merton

I pour a measure of warm water into the half-full bag of seed starting mix, reach in and begin mixing it with a gloved hand. As I massage the soil I become intoxicated with the aroma of the earth rising from the bag. I pause in my work, and hold the bag out toward Gerry who is puttering in the garage where I’m working.

“Smell this!”

He takes a whiff but it’s apparent that the heady smell doesn’t affect him the same way it does me.

I fill the little pots with the damp seed starting mixture, drop two or three seeds into each one (only the strongest will ultimately survive), sprinkle a light covering of dry soil to cover them, and insert the stick labels I prepared in advance. Fifteen pots of tomatoes, five different varieties; none pots of peppers, four different varieties.

I set the filled pots on a tray and carry them into the house and put them atop the heat mats that have been warming. I cover them securely with plastic wrap creating miniature greenhouses and step back to survey the sight.

Gardening season is officially underway. I am happy.



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. Your quote reminds me of a slender book I read recently I think you’d like: Small Graces by Kent Nerburn.

    1. Thank you, Marian. I’ll check it out.

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