As parents we feel we grow our children into (hopefully) confident, healthy, beautiful human beings. We try to plant ideas of always using their manners. We educate them and nurture their creative energies by taking them to their various interests. We feed them nutritious food and make sure they drink plenty of water. We provide shelter from strong winds and words of encouragement. We protect them from weeds and other predacious plants. And we understand the time will come when they want the ideas of their own lives to be given wings on the next wind. I asked Ben to write something about what it means to be a gardener and this is what he wrote:
This Mother's heart is bursting with such a beautiful harvest. Thank you my gorgeous boy.