For Tina Downey
In honor of our friend and fellow wordsmith, Tina Downey, bloggers will be gathering sunflowers and posting them today.
I was browsing the internet, looking for a perennial I could plant and enjoy year after year as a reminder of Tina's joy, zest, and wonderful attitude.
I found a Maximillian Sunflower from Gurney's that promises to grow, bloom, and spread one season after another. And as a bonus, it's supposed to be hardy and thrive in poor soil with almost no attention.
Just like a good friendship.
I was excited to find something so perfect! I'd have a flower to post today and enjoy later.
What I got wasn't a plant but this:
A hideous tangle of roots.
Great, I thought. Everyone else will have pretty flowers...I have roots.
But then I remembered a Sunday school lesson.
To teach children about resurrection, I'd buy marigold seeds.
I'd ask the kids if they looked alive...or even like a flower.
They all agreed, the seeds were dead.
Then we'd plant them, water them, give them sun and soon they had a shoot and later a bloom.
In death, we don't always see the potential. That the human body is simply a seed for something better; something eternal.
So, I will plant my roots and know...next summer they will grow and smile down on me.
And I will think of Tina....
A college fund has been set up in Tina's honor for her children. If you could help, no matter how big, or how small, it's appreciated. Tina Downey College Fund