Sunday, May 10, 2009
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English plantian, from Late Latin plantare to plant, fix in place, from Latin, to plant, from planta plant
Date: before 12th century
1. to put or set in the ground for growth; 2. to set or sow with seed.
Today I skipped church and spent the morning alone planting in the garden. I have been in desperate need of some time alone to be quiet and let my mind wander.
Since I was placing plant roots in the ground and it is Mother’s Day, it didn’t take long for my mind to wander to my own roots. I found myself sitting on the ground with dirt under my nails rejoicing that my roots had been in deep rich soil with parents who loved me wholly and unconditionally. They were middle class working people who believed in hard work and honesty and who relied on the grace of God. They were kind to strangers and opened their home to relatives who needed a place to live and people to love. Sometimes that meant putting the youngest child (me) on a cot in the living room because all the bedrooms were full. While some people may have felt sorry for that girl sleeping on a cot, I am grateful for the way my roots were strengthened and nourished by living with people who could put their own needs aside for the benefit of others.
As I left my garden plants, I prayed for my tomatoes and cucumbers and peppers – that their roots might take hold of the rich soil, and I also prayed for my children – that their roots might be strong and deep.