By April Moore
I worried about this little tree all winter, wondering if it'd make it, or if it had gone into shock. Only time would tell. When the warmer season arrived, it seemed our Ash was taking its sweet time to make its springtime debut. While all the other neighborhood foliage burst forth, our little guy remained quiet. Then finally, some sprouts of green appeared and I could at last, let out my breath.
So what about those new story seeds I sowed last fall? Any emerging signs of life? At first, I thought that like that of our Ash tree, my next project was merely a slow bloomer. But after many attempts at cultivating, I think the seeds I planted were duds. (I'm blaming all the rain we've had.) But the thing about seeds, is that they're resistant little guys and it's never too late to plant more.
I think about my dear friend, and long-time NCW member, Jerry Eckert, who passed away last week. He lived a tremendous life of caring for and helping others around the world. His writing also bloomed later in life. Knowing he may lose his battle with cancer, Jerry finished his novel and his memoir, both of which are beautiful shining examples of what years of care and cultivation can do with the seeds we plant.
As for me, I will continue to plant and cultivate ideas in hopes that one will take root and blossom.