Thursday, November 7, 2013

Late bloomer

"Remember to be gentle with yourself and others.
We are all children of chance and none can say
why some fields will blossom while others
lay brown beneath the August sun."

-- Kent Nerburn

Self portrait with Leo's wildflowers 11-7-13

"Silencing the brain's ramblings
gives the chance for wonderful thoughts to bloom."

-- Steven Redhead, The Solution

These wildflowers were growing in a pot out back.
My son Leo planted them in the spring, but they didn't grow.
We thought they were a lost cause.
We figured they were dead.
Bad seeds, maybe?
But Leo didn't give up on them.
He kept watering them until finally, when summer was nearly over, they grew.
Long and tall, awkward and spindly, with big fluttery pink blooms.
The harsh wind and rain have been beating them up pretty bad, and some were getting awfully tattered.
So I plucked them for a portrait.