Seeds of Life
Sometimes it’s the simple things we share with our children that have the most dramatic impact on their lives. Prior to and for a few years after the birth of our daughter, my husband and I were avid gardeners. Back in the early 70’s we faithfully read Rodale’s Organic Gardening and applied the lessons learned. We planted a wide variety of vegetables in the garden at our home and maintained an additional plot at a community site, specifically designated for corn. A move overseas followed by years of
living ended our gardening adventures.
Our daughter is a confirmed urban dweller and prefers the city to the country. Two years ago, along with a few friends, she ventured into canning. Last summer she and her husband took the next step and secured a plot in one of
communal garden sites. In addition, a request came for any canning supplies we
had in storage. We packed up our thirty-something year old Victorio Strainer
and sent it off to serve our next generation of family gardeners. She was ecstatic
and our old friend got a new lease on life.
Patriot’s Day is a state holiday in
It also marks the running of the Boston Marathon and the unofficial start of the
gardening season. My daughter usually grabbed breakfast and headed to the
finish line to cheer the wheelchair and elite racers. Last year she called us
all excited. “Turn on the TV and find the race coverage. I’m on the Jumbotron
at the finish line.” We scrambled, searched sports channels and internet feeds,
but alas, we missed her debut on the big screen.
This year, instead of being at “their spot” at the finish line, my daughter was at the garden. When I called to check on her, I was unprepared for the sound of her tearful, frightened voice. She couldn’t reach her husband; calls to his phone went to voicemail. She didn’t know if he went to the race. If he had, he'd have been at “their spot,” the scene of the first bomb explosion. My heart sank. Thoughts of “what if” bombarded my mind. Fear attempted to grip my soul. Suddenly her voice changed. A text from her husband confirmed he was at home safe and sound. For our family, the day had a happier, although not completely up-beat ending.
As a mother I can’t imagine the pain experienced at the death of a child. Our son-in-love is the son we never had. To lose him would’ve devastated all of us. Daily we pray angelic protection around them both, and the angels did their jobs that day. I wouldn’t have guessed that the seeds of gardening planted in my daughter’s life so long ago would bloom and not only produce a second generation gardener, but also would one day save her life.