24.10.11

Preparing Gifts for the Winter Season

The other morning I was on my front porch, busy planting flower-bulbs in small terracotta pots. With bats, ghosties, witches and pumpkins all around, it's not easy to think forward and get in the mood for winter-celebration gifting... But think ahead, I did, and so I set to planting.  I've always thought of planting flower-bulbs in autumn as a small act of faith -- faith that these small brown things I place in the earth will burst forth and flower;  Faith that, after the darkening days of winter, light will come forth again.

Above you can see a photo I took last December.  I look forward again to this December when my freshly planted pots will boast green, budding shoots.  I look forward to giving these sprouting gifts of faith and hope... bright and green, holding beautiful potential.

6 comments:

  1. beautiful! what a great idea. where do you store them in the meantime?

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  2. Ah, it's these little acts of faith that get us through the longest days of winter I think! So strange to think of you preparing for yours as we emerge from ours. I envy the recipients of these beautiful, thoughtful gifts.

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  3. Quite apart from the bulbs, those are two very gorgeous little twig holders keeping your pots company.

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  4. Love the idea! Thank you for linking up at Crafty Moms Share!

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  5. Hmmm. I don't think a lot of people understand faith - at least, not the way I do. Often, it's simply a synonym for "to believe." But faith is so much more than thinking something is true, or hoping it is true, or even depending on it being true. Faith is, as you have so aptly already taught right here, ACTING on something you believe. DOING a thing based on your belief. It is the act of taking the step, not believing you should. We plant in expectation of life. We don't sit on our duffs with our mouths open, expecting someone to drop life into them. I like this very much.

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