Mater Gave Birth!

In May, I shared with you all in this post that I was not much of  not a gardener whatsoever. However, my gardening friend, Michelle, inspired me to give it a shot this year.  I planted a tomato plant, a zucchini plant, and a cucumber plant.  I even nicknamed my tomato plant Mater. In hindsight, perhaps I should have given the other two plants nicknames too because they never grew any bigger and finally shriveled up and died.

Mater, on the other hand, was a fighter.  Mater never grew very big.  I learned a valuable lesson.  Mater likes to sunbathe.  He was never completely content in his partial sun residence but he tried to make the best of it.  Zucchini and cucumber didn’t even pretend to be happy.

Mater did begin to produce flowers and those flowers did turn into little green tomatoes.  I was thrilled.  But, apparently, I wasn’t the only one who was thrilled.  Did you know that deer love eating unripe tomatoes as a midnight snack?  They also enjoy leaping over 4 foot high fences to retrieve those snacks.

The other day, I decided to check on Mater and to my surprise look what I discovered.  The deer had decided to share!

While walking my dog the other night, the song “Beautiful Things” began playing on my iPod.   I couldn’t help but think of the life lesson my gardening experience is teaching me again.

Sometimes growth is a slow process.   Any type of significant growth in our lives, any thing worth learning will most likely involve this frustrating dance of three steps forward and two steps back.

But growth is still growth…no matter how small.

Celebrate that growth.

I plan on celebrating mine with a dash of salt and pepper

Could a garden come up from this ground at all
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us
All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You
“Beautiful Things” ~ Gungor


11 thoughts on “Mater Gave Birth!

    1. Eileen Post author

      Excellent! I’ve discovered the secret. Maybe next year my thumb will be just a little bit greener. 😉

  1. Jon Stolpe

    I just picked several tomatoes last night from our garden, and there are tons more out there to pick this weekend. My wife made the most delicious tomato sauce that I’ve ever tasted with some of our earlier picks. Isn’t gardening great?!

    1. Eileen Post author

      I’m jealous, Jon 😉 So far 2 is all I’ve gotten. Next year I’m hoping to be smarter than the deer.

  2. Becky M

    “Three steps forward two steps back” — I used those very words to someone recently and here they are “back at me.” Thank you so much. As a cancer survivor some days it is so true . . . recently had a few of these and your words simply reminded me God heard and sent me encouragement through your words. Take care.


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