Since high school, I have attended 3 higher level education institutions, and I have taken some really wonderful classes at all of them. But right now, my most favorite of all is Practical Botany. Before I begin to study for the quiz that I have tomorrow (which involves walking outside and identifying trees), I just wanted to show off a little of what I’ve been doing in class. If you remember, I posted a picture a little while back of my garden when it was just tiny seeds buried beneath the dirt, and maybe a few leaves.
And now look at what it has become!
The secret ingredient here is a mystery. Though I can study, and even begin to understand how these tiny little monocots and eudycots transform themselves into big beautiful plants–how that first picture turned into this second picture in just a few weeks with nothing more than water, dirt, and a little sunlight–it mystifies me. In fact, I am even growing some plants in my house with JUST water. Now that is REALLY crazy!
Just something to think about as you continue on your day studying for tests or going to work, or identifying trees. As you reach for the bag of chips or packaged cookies for a momentary comfort, take a minute to think about where those came from and how they got there. Then take a couple minutes and read back over this blog. If you still choose the store-bought cookies over my lentil cookies, the microwavable curry over my delicious Palak Pa-not-r, American consumerism over the miracle of nature, then I’ll be surprised. But don’t worry, your secret’s safe with me!