by Jan McDaniel
I am an uncertain gardener. Sometimes, my herbs or flowers grow beautifully and sometimes (I’m talking to you, vegetables) the yield is not one of plenty. But I have met some interesting gardeners over the years whose predictability is the kind that enables our species to survive.
Some of these were old-time warriors who kept meticulous records of the weather on each day from planting to harvest; some just sort of felt what to do and when to do it. I’ve decided both of these types of gardeners have a special talent that runs deep enough to pass down to upcoming generations without even trying.
My husband’s mother could make plants – even a banana tree – grow in an odd assortment that could be taken up in containers for the winter. Her life was not easy, but her children received the same gift and, thankfully, my children inherited my husband’s talent for nurturing all things. I love to see this reflected in them as surely as one season follows another.
It reminds me how we are all connected, from one generation to another, the way running vines in the garden send out new, little plants that continue the traditions of their parents. Each of us has a unique place – and purpose – in the garden. And the influence of each life goes on, beyond anything we could ever calculate.
Perhaps you are planning or planting a garden this year. I hope you do. Even something as small as one tomato plant can bring lovely nourishment to your healing and wonderful thoughts of your loved one.
May is Mental Health Month. Please remember those who suffer from mental health issues and those who continue to need hope and healing today. Find some way to share awareness and end stigma.
If you would like to participate in Annie Wilson's Healing Garden Project in honor of Mental Health Month, find the details on Instagram at #healinggardenproject.
Way for Hope
My name is Jan McDaniel. I speak grief. I also speak peace and healing. I started A Way for Hope blog and website to house projects I create that might help others who are grieving. The blog has expanded to include guest posts by my dear friends and fellow survivors who wanted to speak hope for others, too.
We understand how difficult losing someone you love is. We know how much it means to hear from others further along on this journey and how it is possible to live a life of happiness and joy even while still remembering and honoring those we love.
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