This is a cucumber plant in our yard. I did not put it there. I planted cucumbers about 75 feet away in a carefully tended garden. But this rogue cuke somehow grounded itself in the rocks, near the children’s swing set and assorted pairs of stomping feet.
In that carefully tended garden, I have melons. I did not plant these melons. Earlier in the summer Roger served a breakfast of honeydew with prosciutto and lime juice, and then mulched the waste. I suppose the seeds took root.
In the front yard towering over the driveway, there is a sunflower. I did not plant it. There are no similar flowers near it. It is so florally prolific that it droops in the path of Roger’s car as he heads into and out of the garage. It’s taken quite a beating, but still keeps producing flowers that reach for the light.
I honor the hearty biology of these organisms, that they strive to grow where they are. I admire their thirst for sunlight and their ongoing quest for growth, no matter how unlikely or unsuitable their surroundings.
I dedicate this post to Tessa and Reed, the hearty, stubborn rogues that landed in my garden. Grow with me here!
Lori Holden, mom of a teen son and a young adult daughter, writes from Denver. Her book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole, is available through your favorite online bookseller and makes a thoughtful anytime gift for the adoptive families in your life. Catch episodes of Adoption: The Long View wherever you get your podcasts.
Lori was honored as an Angel in Adoption® in 2018 by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.