Worth the Wait

A few weeks ago, I wrote about 'rooting down,' and the importance of appreciating the work going on beneath the surface, when all appears quiet above. Finally last Monday, this beautiful tulip confirmed what I had suspected all along: If something is meant to bloom, it will.

Even though it's very likely I planted most of my tulips upside-down (not realizing there were 'sides' to a bulb when I threw them in the ground), every single one of them has now appeared. They might have been a little delayed, but eventually, they turned themselves around, and somehow knew to grow up, towards the sun and the light.

Isn't this what we all do?

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Root Down

Rooting down. I had never heard this expression. I am not a farmer, I don’t particularly enjoy dirt under my fingernails, and only this past year had I ever even dabbled in planting my own bulbs. And I failed miserable at that, or so I thought. When neighbors' gardens began to sprout hyacinths, crocuses and daffodils, the first signs of spring, my soil lay bare, only the wood chips from last autumn’s mulching covered the ground. Perhaps I should have read the directions before planting the bulbs. Then I might have realized that there is an UP and a DOWN side to each bulb, and that I shouldn’t just throw them in ground willy nilly and expect them to rise.

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