May 30, 2014

Being Like a Pea Plant

I always thought I was a zinnia or sunflower plant...a single stalk, growing straight up. Maybe in a garden of like-minded plants but an independent stalk all the same.Getting enmeshed with other plantings made me feel like this peony, moments before I rescue her from the morning glory vine that is snaking around her throat.
But lately, I've been thinking about being one of these...
A sugar snap pea plant. Growing straight up, but seeking out support.
Sometimes with two hands...
You remain an independent plant, but you know to find your place against the fence.

You still grow tall.

You just don't need to do it alone.

Thank you, E.


  1. Beautifully written words here Julie. Yes to be strong is to also recognize those times when we not only need to lean in a little but also need other arms to wrap around us as we get on with this life of ours. Each of us can stand alone but how good it is to not have to, sometimes.