My boy is a quiet fellow and yet he can talk your ear off if given the right subject. We used to sit together in the backyard when he was a baby and watch the trees dance. He could sit still and just be even at such a young age. He can go for long periods of time on his own but not because he doesn’t like other people. In fact, he is one of the sweetest people that I know. One time when I was feeling sick and was laying on the sofa miserably he played contentedly with his toys on the floor below me. He stopped for a moment to tuck his very favorite teddy bear under my chin before heading back to his toys. This was when he was just about a year old but even now at age ten he has moments just like this one where he melts my heart completely.
My boy, nicknamed Mr. Peanut, is not always very expressive so sometimes it can be hard to tell if he is at all interested in a topic. Up until last week I really wasn’t sure how he felt about our family’s gardening project. Thanks to his magic bean plant, I can see the spark in his eye. He came home with his gangly bean plant planted in a clear plastic cup last week. Usually his response to my daily question about his school day is simply, “It was good.” That day he was fired up. “Good! Look what I brought home! My plants never grow when we do them at school but look at this one. It’s a bean!” When we got home he carefully staked it with popsicle sticks because one of his classmate’s plants broke. We did a quick search and found that it is possible to grow a bean plant in a pot though not really the ideal method. We found a suitable container and Mr. Peanut repotted his magic bean plant. Watching him care for his little plant turned my heart to mush, and I’m hoping, hoping, hoping that his little plant survives and he gets his magic beans. Will we grow a magical beanstalk?
Welcome to The Green Brick Road. My name is Valerie, and I invite you to join me and my family on our gardening adventure. We hope that you will learn with us and grow with us. Pun intended!