Hope and Gratitude

Severe storms careened across the country on Monday and my  neighborhood was right in their path.  We are so fortunate that the only damages sustained here were downed trees and power lines and minimal damage to other plantings.  It was a very frightening few hours. In the midst of fear though remain hope and gratitude.  You may remember that a little over a year ago a devastating hail storm brought major structural damage to our home and garden – this event pales in comparison.

Across the street OPP a large tree fell but the only damage done was the downing of power lines running up the street…

downed power lines from storm

inconvenient?

yes…

tree fell during storm

devastating or life-threatening?

no…

tree fell during storm

Across our state and many others the storm took lives, homes and businesses.

We are grateful today for our safety.

I told a gardening friend as we watched the storm approaching on the television radar that I wasn’t sure if I could plant another garden if mine were to be destroyed two years in a row.  But you know what?  I would.  I would because of the immense pleasure it brings me to place a plant in the ground and be rewarded with a flower or fruit or vegetable.  I would because of the camaraderie that gardening brings with friends.  I would because of the connection that gardening brings me with my past – grandmothers who loved to garden and passed that love along to me.  I would because each time I plant a zinnia seed and it grows and flowers I can feel my grandmothers presence.  I would because to plant a garden is to hope for a tomorrow.

“Gardening is akin to writing stories. No experience could have taught me more about grief or flowers, about achieving survival by going, your fingers in the ground, the limit of physical exhaustion.”  -Eudora Welty

sad?

yes…

garden damage from storm

devastating?

no

because even in the aftermath of the storm an iris blooms…

iris

I gather the precious peonies and bring them inside to enjoy so they will escape the next wave of storms expected today…

peonies

Hope for tomorrow and gratitude for today, these things motivate me to pick up and carry on even in the midst of a storm.

“The rain to the wind said,
‘You push and I’ll pelt.’
They so smote the garden bed.
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged — though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.” 
― Robert FrostThe Poetry of Robert Frost

weather the storm…

dogs in raincoats

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Comments

  1. Lynn Grenfell says:

    I love that post and agree about gardening!! Glad you all are ok.

  2. Leslie Dement Cox says:

    Marsha, this post is so powerful. Hope is a small word, but THE BIG element that keeps us going through the storms – weather and otherwise. Beautifully written. And I’m so happy your garden and home remain relatively unscathed!

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Thank you Leslie, so true without hope we would not be able to go on. Thanks so much for continuing the journey with me!

  3. Melissa says:

    Beautifully said!

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Thank you Melissa. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

  4. Kathy Woodliff says:

    Marsha,
    I am a new reader to your blog and have been inspired and delighted by your photography, creativity and joy of gardening. On April 30th, I was very moved by such a well written post. You brought the tragedy that impacted so many people home to those of us who were unscathed and reminded us of that beauty and hope that can come from chaos. I’m grateful for your insights and beautiful quotes.

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Kathy, I am humbled and honored that you would read and follow along with me. Through the years you have been such an inspiration to me and I cannot tell you how much your kind words mean to me. Thanks for taking the time to read along and especially to comment and let me know that the post was meaningful to you. Happy May Day!