Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Miracle We See Repeated Endlessly

We did some gardening this weekend, but much of the time was spent chasing kids around the yard, walking across the "Lava Pit of Death" (that also contains dead mice), playing hide and seek, climbing tress, walking the railroad track, and sitting around a fire after dark.
I was expecting that this past weekend would bring a bit of a pause in the planting, but we forged ahead by planting potatoes, bush beans (two varieties), white radishes, a 2nd beet planting, carrots and dill. The small garden is now fully planted and the larger plot is about 1/4 full. Tomatoes are hardened off and ready to go in this week if the weather cooperates. Peppers, too.

We had some sad success this past week as well. There are two fewer moles upending the plants. Brian gave me a mole trap about a week ago and I guess I've learned the trick to using it. One mole was causing all the damage in and around the small garden. I honestly think he had about 300 feet of tunnels just in our raised bed and its edge. The 2nd mole had a strong interest in our potato plot.

I've been waiting for bean planting to write about this next topic. Everyone knows the story "Jack and the Beanstalk". Given that people have created many thousands of stories over many years, do you ever wonder why particular stories manage to stand out? What is so special about this story that has made it so popular and endearing? To me, it's the magic beans, of course! Everything else in the story is unremarkable - except for the giant. But it's the beans that get Jack to the giant. But why does the story work? Why does it allow us to "suspend our disbelief" about the magic beans and go along with the story?

Take a dried, dead looking bean, stick it in the ground, water the spot, then wait a few days. What happens is truly amazing. By some incredible biological chicanery, a plant beg
ins to emerge. Soon it matures, flowers and creates a pod with new beans. We take these phenomenathey are routine, but they are truly astonishing events. Not one of us could even begin to explain how all this happens.

So, if a small seed can perform such an amazing feat, it's only a small step, especially in a child's mind, that the plant it creates could be grossly over sized and able to reach the clouds. It's only a minor exaggeration of the miracle we see repeated endlessly.

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