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This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: SLOW




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Over the years, I’ve heard several women and mentors of mine say that they only developed a love for gardening as they got older. I would smile and nod my head as they said it, not fully understanding what that experience must be like.

Apparently this is the year that I am officially “getting older,” as I have quite suddenly and unexpected developed a newfound love of growing things.

Maybe it’s because I’m about to hit a milestone birthday in a couple of months. Maybe it’s because I finally have a square of dirt on which to experiment.

Whatever the case may be, until this year, I have had zero interest in planting anything. I have had no desire to stick my hand in the dirt. On the rare occasion that I did pull a weed, I immediately got grossed out by the spiders and worms inevitably dwelling nearby.

But this year is different.

This year, I am finding such joy and contentment in watching things grow. I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing, but I happily sit in the grass with one hand in the dirt, sifting for weeds and rocks. I am fascinated by the potential of a single seed that eventually becomes a fully grown plant.

I stand in wonder after the rain and see how the flowers have bloomed, how the shoots have emerged, how the stems have grown.

I walk outside each day to see what new surprise awaits me. The opening of a previously closed bud, the hint of color peeking through.

It is a slow growth, and it is beautiful.



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