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August 3, 2011

the sunflower

In the spring my three year old grandson and I planted a packet of sunflower seeds in a pot.  Every time we ventured into the backyard we would check for signs of green leaves.  For whatever reason, only one seed actually germinated and produced a sunflower.   After all the waiting, you can imagine our excitement as that one lone flower grew taller and taller each day. 

After a few weeks the sunflower’s head grew heavy and the stem began to bend until eventually the plant was horizontal.  I told my grandson that the sunflower was very tired and his head was getting too heavy for him to stay awake…reluctantly I cut the stalk down being careful to save the seeds for next year. 


Yesterday, out of the blue, my grandson very sweetly asked if the sunflower was awake, yet.  (They remember everything don’t they?)  I explained to him that the sunflower would stay asleep until next spring and that we would use the seeds he left behind to grow new sunflowers.


I couldn’t help but see an analogy in the story of the sunflower…

We go along in life scattering seeds hoping to produce a harvest and more often times than not, only a seed or two will flourish into flowers growing tall and strong for a season, leaving behind seeds of their own.
 

Sometimes it seems our seeds are weighed down with heavy burdens and may even seem to wither and die but they are only sleeping until the time for a new harvest draws near. 


Take a look at those seeds you’ve scattered being careful to look to the next generations harvest and ask the question of a hope filled child…



Is the sunflower awake, yet?

I'm linking to Fishtail Cottage for Flora Thursday.

20 comments:

  1. Cute story. Your gardens are lovely and some nice blooms going on.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. This post is perfection in every way and what a way to start the day thinking.

    God bless your day and keep you safe.

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  3. Good Morning.
    Sometime in the future, I'd love to see more of the rocker (I'm assuming it's a rocker). Beautiful garden photos!

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  4. Very sweet! Little ones have a lot insight. I think because they are so literal and have not been jaded yet. They just say it like it is.

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  5. What a beautiful post, and oh so true. All we can do is plant the seed and hope to see the fruit it brings. Even if it doesn't produce we must keep on planting for we never know when it will take root. Love it. On the subject of sunflowers, I had several this year and didn't even plant them...fill a bird feeder, and they will do the rest. Peace, love & hugs-Carrie

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  6. Your post has really touched my heart. Thank you for sharing your heart, and giving me moments to ponder those seeds that remain asleep. :o)

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  7. Beautiful analogy.
    It's hard sometimes to wait for the seeds to develop into the flower. That's when I need a big dose of patience!

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  8. beautiful post and sentiment.

    xo
    ~molly

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  9. Your post is so thoughtful; you tell a story well. As for the photos, I was struck by the exceptional beauty of the third one. -Karen

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  10. Very well put. I hope more of your seeds will germinate next year to make the harvest more exciting for your grandson.

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  11. My five year old grandson was just visiting this past weekend and was able to see the results of all the daylily seeds he and I harvested from my crosses two seasons ago... it made quite an impression on him. Enjoyed your thought provoking post very much... take care... Larry

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  12. That is so cute! "Is it awake yet?" That is such a cute way of asking if a flower has bloomed yet!

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  13. I love coming to see all your pictures! They are always so uplifting! :) Sweet post. Aren't grandchildren the sweetest!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  14. It must be so much fun to have grandchildren. They say the sweetest things!

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  15. That was a sweet story and it really does work that way. My grandkids never forget what we do and say.
    Your flowers are so pretty!

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  16. Very sweet! Your gardens are lovely...I love zinnias! Hopped over from Fishtail Cottage!

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  17. This is such a sweet story, and it truly touched my heart. :) I think~ no, I know~ I needed to hear this. :) {Thank you for sharing it.}

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  18. What a wonderful post. I loved your analogy...it's so true.

    xo Tricia

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