“Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.“ – George Cooper
We would like to wish a “Happy Mother’s Day” to all of our gardening friends who are caretakers of both gardens and children.
A woman who is both a gardener and a mother may use some of the same methods to achieve results in both. Brought into the world, seedlings and babies, are nurtured and tenderly cared for to ensure healthy growth.
As both grow, each are carefully supported, pruned of mis-directed habits and trained to grow up strong and proud. At maturity, “Mom” sees her rewards of diligent work when she walks through her fully grown garden or when she watches her child walk across the stage at graduation.
Thru it all, Mother’s tend to be humble, crediting good results in both gardens and children to “greater powers”. Tenneva Jordan said it best:
“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.”
Thru it all, Mothers must keep a sense of humor, when the weeds are taking over in all the beds at the same time or when their children’s homework is due tomorrow morning and midnight is long past. And according to Milton Berle:
“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”
And, at the end of it all, a Mother has gained wisdom and never-failing hope.
“No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.” ~ Florida Scott-Maxwell
When you see a Mother today, give her a smile, a hug, a blessing, and a thank you. A thank you for raising beautiful children and gardens for the rest of us to enjoy.
Dave and Trish