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Topic: Garden (09/07/06)
TITLE: The Garden Shroud
By Glenn A. Hascall
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The spring was a time of great encouragement as the seeds were planted and spouts made their appearance in soldier-like formality. They held great promise and seemed eager to grow up. Of course that was before the hail and the bruised limbs of summer.
Yet even in summer the resilient plants hardened at their point of breaking and grew on. The fruit of their labor began to show. I would help them as much as I could, but the product of their labor was theirs alone and I gloried in their comeback.
Today I sit on a frost-covered bench and understand that there are some things a garden simply cannot overcome. Some leaves have already blackened and the cucumber plants drape the garden in an unusual, yet appropriate shroud.
And I recognize that this season of growth, damage and passing holds special meaning simply because I have seen so much of it in my own life. The growth and promise of youth, the damage that life can bring and the ultimate shroud that always comes sooner than I would have hoped.
So, pardon me if I sit for awhile. The cold feels good and somehow exists in the marrow of my soul. I promise I won’t embrace it always, but for today I can do no less – and I can do no more.
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