What to write for your first online journal entry? Knowing that next to no one will read it takes away the stress a little, but something in my head is telling me that it should be deep and profound and share a statement of intent. So I'm going to disappoint my brain's expectations a little, and instead share some of my mind meanderings instead. And if the worse comes to the worst I can always hit delete!
So now that the winter is over and Spring has sprung, we celebrated by enjoying the last of my pumpkins (actually winter squash, but you know what I'm getting at). Like many others, I have loved to plant seeds since I was little. I still remember to this day seeing the fine green fronds of my newly germinated carrots appearing in my parents' vegetable patch, it was one of the best feelings ever! Being young and impatient I couldn't bring myself to wait until the carrots got to a decent size (which turned out to be no bad thing as they were already pockmarked by the soil left by carrot root fly larvae), but I do know that they were the most delicious carrots I ever ate. It was such a sense of achievement, even though nature did most of the hard work.
And on the day that we ate that last delicious pumpkin, I planted the seeds for what will hopefully be this year's crop. And so the cycle of life continues. Something starts out as a small seed of an idea, and you tend to and nurture it, and feed and water it and try and give it the best conditions possible (because you know there will be some hard moments ahead) as the harvest will be so much the better for it. And even though there is a wealth of beauty to choose from at the end of the summer, those not-so-attractive pumpkins will make you so grateful during those dark and cold winter months. Nature is the wisest of teachers.