I surveyed my kingdom today, and I am queen of Quite-a-lot.
It’s an annual ritual that takes me back to a time with my father, a farmer at heart. I remember walking with him through the yard looking for signs of spring. He would point to plants that revealed the seasons were changing.
Dad and I walked together through his yard when I was young. And in later years, we took the annual trip in my yard as we enjoyed seeing the fruits of my labor.
So when I stroll through my own little corner of the world, I think of my dad who influenced my love of sowing and reaping.
Today it was just warm enough for a flannel shirt atop my clothes. Donning my garden boots with the pink horses on them and grabbing a walking stick, I set out to see what’s coming up. I spotted our neighborhood hawk circling above, keeping me company.
There have been crocuses surprising me by the front steps since last week. Their purple, white, and yellow offerings make me smile.
I saw one lone forsythia bloom on the bushes near the driveway. There are small shoots of hibiscus pushing through the dirt. They were transplanted by the back walkway last fall. The pussy willow already has the little fuzzy “catkins” showing up on long branches. I found enough early daffodils to pick and bring in the house. With a little water in a vase, they will open to full flower shortly.
My yard is not pristine and manicured like some I admire. I’m as likely to find a carpet of yellow dandelion blooms in summer as I am a patch of moss amongst the Kentucky fescue grass. I live in the county and random seeds will fly in regularly like the Canadian geese on the lake across the road. Weeds are a constant in my world.
While I survey the potential beauty just ahead, I also see the potential work. Fallen sticks are scattered everywhere. There’s a boggy area that needs fill dirt. And the weeds, always the weeds. I think there is more effort required than there is of me to do it.
But today, I will just enjoy the hope of what is to come. Today I’ll just survey my kingdom and find pleasure in the knowledge that lo, the winter is past . . . flowers appear on the earth. The season of singing has come, and the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
I will remember my dad and the heritage he passed on to me. It is a heritage of investing in growing things, whether that is people or plants, and the knowledge that both take time.
I am indeed Queen of Quite-a-lot. I am thankful for the good earth, strength to work in it and see it produce because God made it to be that way.
In this my “season of Lent” I will enjoy the season of new life and what that means to me. New life in my yard. New life here and now because of the cross. New life in the hereafter because of the resurrection.
The old must give in to the new. Because when life comes, death takes a holiday.