Monday, February 22, 2010

it's aliiiiiiiiiive!

Last November I cut a bunch of pine and spruce boughs and dogwood branches to decorate for Christmas. I jabbed them into planters on my porch and patio like this:


Then February rolled around and I cut one of those branches out of my outdoor arrangements so I could have a pretty centerpiece with some clay hearts the boys decorated with me. I filled the vase with glass pebbles, but the weight of the clay ornaments made it a little unsteady so I added water. No chance of things tipping over now!

The other day I was working at the table and noticed something I hadn't seen before ...

There's a great metaphor for spring or life or resurrection here. And I could grouse about dogwoods and how they spring up everywhere like weeds--they're like dandelions or thistles and I'm always yanking them out of my garden. I'm tempted to cut some forsythia branches and bring them inside to fill my house with more fresh green buds.

But what strikes me most is this:
If a person (or living thing) is cut off from their environment and gets planted in a new one, growth happens. Change happens. A new beginning.

Spill it, reader. What did you cut off and what grew out of that change?

19 comments:

  1. Oh, this is PERFECT for me! Let's see, I uprooted (gently) my three children from their home in the tropics where both sets of grandparents live, cut down and sold my business, told my husband "The ball's in your court, baby", hacked and pruned at all of our stuff and gave most of it away, and came to the U.K.

    It was a bunch of scary decisions. But WOW, it's been so good, and we are springing and budding like mad. Marriage is blooming, boys are springing, friendships blossoming, and a new career is just poking it's head up (you know, like a crocus!) I could get carried away with these metaphors! Yup, the garden of our lives is aliiiiive!

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  2. Love it---and great timming!

    We are on the verge of uprooting being a possibility. Its kind of scary, but deep in the depths of my heart it feels kind of right...so we'll trudge forward and now I'll have confidence that no matter what we'll still bloom!

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  3. We uprooted when we decided to sell our old house and build a new one -- just as the economy was tanking. It all worked out, but there were some scary moments.

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  4. We moved ourselves 2000 miles across the country on just the intuition that it was where we were supposed to be. It's been the best thing ever for our family.

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  5. Pruning and growing.

    It does apply to plants and friendships, doesn't it?

    Great post!

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  6. Love this..oh too much. love this post. so good!! i cant spill her but would love to email you. whats your e-mail?
    jules

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  7. We've done our share of moving cross country but no that we are here roots have taken hold. We've planted a small apple orchard, veggie garden and lots of friendships.

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  8. So funny that dogwoods are weeds for you! We worship them here. I can't think of a good metaphorical uprooting story at the moment. We uprooted ourselves and moved from Buffalo to Virginia, but I'm not so sure the result has been "blooming."

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  9. Sending two children off to college is all the pruning I can stand for now!

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  10. I pruned the past and the future and it left me with today....beautiful, glorious....today! What grew out of it was a much happier and more fulfilled ME!

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  11. What a beautiful realization.

    I feel like I'm doing a lot of pruning and growing every day lately ... scary stuff. It's easy to forget the beauty in it all.

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  12. I can't say that I've cut anything off - but it's so heartening to see new growth, isn't it?

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  13. I cut off my need to write for money ever again. And from that grew my desire (once again) to teach.

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  14. We cut ourselves off of 49 years of roots in MA and replanted ourselves in The Sunshine State. Boy, are we blooming!

    Your dogwood with the hearts is one of the sweetest things I've ever seen. LOVE it!

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  15. Sweet. Love the valentine tree. My story is absolutely not very pro environment, but it all turned out in the end. As a kid, I found a tiny spruce tree growing in the woods. I yanked it out of the ground for my folks (like a flower). They planted it in the front yard (we lived in the mountains) and it grew into a big beautiful tree throughout my childhood. I guess it had intended to make a move. (:

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  16. Oh, I LOVE dogwood.
    We've cut off behaviors and relationships that have in many cases turned out to be simply pruned for a time to allow new, healthy growth to replace diseased or dead bits. Others have been cut off never to return. There's much to be said for cutting off the unhealthy to allow the whole plant (or life) to be healthier.

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  17. Oh, so true. Sometimes you need to cut off the toxicity in your life to enable you to grow and remain healthy. Been there, done that and it paid off in oh so many ways. Life is too short to surround yourself with cancerous individuals and situations. Change is also scary. Probably one of the best moves my family has made was moving to this area.

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  18. I finally set aside a general sense of dread - about everything, from telling the cable company we were canceling to firing a couple of clients who would not be satisfied, and of family who cannot stop with the homeschool bashing. Not much is blooming exactly, more like the roots are just now taking hold, if that makes sense. It is an amazing and frightening feeling, to not be blown around by a fear of others (relatively inconsequential) reactions. Such a smart question!

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  19. dogwoods do that.....if you put a little root compound on the bottom of the crushed end, and then into a rich soil mix they'll be a new plant........isn't that cool?

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Spill it, reader.