But life inevitably throws us curve balls, unexpected circumstances that remind us to expect the unexpected. – Carre Otis
Frustration and more frustration has been my principle emotion in preparing for this post on seedlings.
I began in high spirits, sowing my seeds with loving care in great anticipation of what would spring forth. I was not disappointed either, up sprang shoots of green just as they should with all the promise of what was to come. Then, it happened. An unseasonably warm day in our area caused the remaining snow on the ground to melt rather quickly and was followed up by a wild pouring rain. I thought little of the weather at the time, and had no notion of the impending disaster yet to come. My mind was absorbed with wonderful thoughts of disappearing snow and springtime planting. That is until I wandered down to the basement where my plants were happily growing and stepped into an ever spreading lake of water. It was brought about by an unending river flowing through a vulnerable window well.
The mess itself was daunting, but my plants were high and dry and I didn’t think much about them. I unplugged the lighting and heating elements immediately, not wanting to be fried to a crisp as I cleaned up and set to work to stem the tide. Everything was eventually set to rights, but here lies where the mistake was perpetrated. I left my babies (the growing little seedlings) to chance and gave Tim (God bless his soul) the task of plugging everything back in as it should be. Harried as he was, how could he know that a heated seedling mat must be monitored for temperature.
And so, my poor little seedlings were heartily cooked. Some survived, many did not, and thus a little curve ball has been thrown in my path. Pictures become difficult, tempers flare and confidence in my ability is shaken. All the tough things that can occur when life and a curve ball gets thrown in our path. I keep telling myself this is exactly the thing that develops my character; how I respond to these little life challenges. Tomorrow, I promise I will think hard on these things. Today, I remain frustrated.
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