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August 5, 2013 / Mettā Reiki Center

Green Thumbs

I do not have a green thumb.

Seriously, I can kill SILK plants.

I’ve never been much of a gardener – I love flowers, but I’m not good at caring for them. Every time I’ve tried, I’ve ended up with a pathetic weed-ridden patch of dead stems.

Lately, though, that has changed.

Ameleigh is fascinated with flowers. Any kind. Even weeds. She pets them, talks to them, picks them and puts them in her hair. Before our little girl came along, I would notice flowers from time to time, but now we stop and sniff/look/touch every flower in our path – our daughter demands it.

And all of a sudden, flowers have started growing.

I planted rosemary and lavender about three months ago for her to enjoy the nice scent. They’re struggling in the searing heat, granted, but they are still alive.

A butterfly garden has quite literally exploded on the side of our yard with a rainbow of blooms – daisies, black eyes susans, Queen Anne’s Lace, you name it. Much to Ali’s delight, butterflies swarm this garden every afternoon and evening for a snack.

And this morning, I discovered a surprise under the bird feeder. It looks as if the birds (that Ali adores) have gifted her with a sunflower from their birdhouse stash. It stood out this morning, bright and proud, as I looked outside to catch the sunrise.

I can’t help but wonder if the flowers bloom a little brighter, a little stronger, and a few extra butterflies show up to rendezvous on them because they know the wonder they will bring to the eyes of a child?

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