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The Greenhouse

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The Greenhouse

The fledgling plants were a gift to the young couple that they greatly appreciated. As neither of them had horticultural experience, they did some research and discussed what would be the best option in caring for their new seedlings. The decision was made that the protective environment of a greenhouse would be the ideal arrangement, and so together they built one in their home.

When news of the greenhouse reached the ears of relatives and friends, there were many that lauded the couple’s choice. However, there were some that raised objections and concerns.

 “Wouldn’t it be better for the plants not to be so isolated?” 

“Can you really give them everything they need by keeping them in the greenhouse?”

The man and wife listened patiently to these matters, addressed them and remained committed to their decision.

And so day by day the nurturing of those little sprouts continued. Sometimes the watering, the adjusting of the lights, the administering of plant food and other necessary responsibilities seemed monotonous. There were days in which the young wife wondered if the effort would be worth it. Maybe they actually would do better if they were put outdoors with the other plants.  One day as the woman took a walk in her neighborhood, she passed a nearby nursery stocked with a wide variety of outdoor plants. She happened to notice a couple that looked a lot like hers but observed several wilted leaves and a sideways tilting of both, giving them a windblown look. The thought occurred to her that perhaps her own young shoots would be in the same condition if they were at the mercy of the elements in that outdoor nursery. She returned home more determined than ever to help them thrive.

Time went on and the fledglings grew and came to the place where they began producing flowers. Many of those who in days gone by had expressed their doubts about the greenhouse gave smiles of approval. Finally the day came when the plants were sturdy enough, tall enough and strong enough to be put outdoors.  Those thriving blooms that were once vulnerable young sprouts received their promotional transplanting. Days turned into weeks, weeks to months and months to years, and the resettled perennials continued to flourish.

And now, every so often, the man and his wife who have been together for many years will take that trip down memory lane and recall that blessed season in which they established the greenhouse; which was their homeschool.


Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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Date: 7/13/2017 10:21:00 AM
A great narrative Carol...it's nice to recall...^WW^
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Carol Connell
Date: 7/13/2017 11:43:00 AM
Thank you, Winged Warrior!
Date: 7/12/2017 1:26:00 PM
I enjoyed your narrative, Carol. I think I said this before. We home schooled our children up until junior high. Then we put them in public school. However, our children were far more advanced than their peers and both made exceptional grades. We liked home schooling but it takes a lot of time, which we did not have. The kids enjoyed being social, also:) That was many years ago. It has all changed now.
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Carol Connell
Date: 7/12/2017 2:11:00 PM
Hi Daniel. Yes, I remember saying you had homeschooled your kids. Indeed it does take a lot of time, which is why I left writing in the back burners for many years. The social part wasn't an issue for our kids because we had a support group we were a part of and they had friends from church. Thanks for your visit and comments! :-)
Date: 7/12/2017 6:55:00 AM
Carol, I enjoyed reading your poem this morning. Very meaningfull indeed. I Like your wisdom in the thought of being homeschooled by nature. Excellant piece!
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Carol Connell
Date: 7/12/2017 10:55:00 AM
Thanks for your visit and your kind comments, George!
Date: 7/12/2017 5:02:00 AM
A lovely and endearing write on the benefits of nurturing regardless its species! nicely done
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Carol Connell
Date: 7/12/2017 10:53:00 AM
Thank you for your kindness, White Wolf!
Date: 7/12/2017 2:46:00 AM
It was a delight reading this narrative of yours, Carol. Were we to take heed of all that people say, we'd lose our individuality, our creativeness, our purpose. It is good to listen, but it is up to us to make the right decisions. Regards // paul
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Date: 7/12/2017 10:53:00 AM
Thank you for commenting, Paul. Those who at first expressed concern and opposition with our decision to homeschool were family members, but I'm grateful that after a few years they saw a difference in our children and became supportive.