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Signs Of Life

Columns by Pamela Majteles

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Spring Flowers

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Posted by pam on January 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Originally published March 30, 2007

This column is reprinted with permission from The Hills Newspapers.

You’ve got to have hope.  This is the time of year to watch and wait for spring flowers to appear.  Sometimes, the tulips planted last fall fulfill your expectations. Other times, they leave you wanting more.

With gardening, what you put in is not always what you get out.  Effort does not always guarantee success.  Like other areas of life, gardening is about possibilities.  You hope for an explosion of tulips in spring, just as you hope for your team’s first homerun on opening day.

Although you hope for a homerun, there is a lot more hit and miss in baseball.  The same can be said of cooking.  With my cooking, I often reach for the seats, when I should content myself with eating peanuts and popcorn.  Rather than settling for something less, I am frequently inspired to go all out.

Like the waiting game for spring flowers, the same rules of the game apply to cooking.  After slicing and dicing, stirring and turning, it’s out of your hands.   While you hope for five-star results, it can turn out less than stellar.  Then, instead of eating in, you end up eating out.

Of course, ins and outs are part of life, not only with cooking, but also with friendships.  You’re well nourished if you have friends who see you through whatever life serves up.  Most people recall that basic childhood desire for true friends who will always be there.  As you continue to make friends later in life, you have the same hopes and desires.

Like a garden, friends take lots of care.  You have to make the effort, take the time, and be there when needed.  After all that, I have found some friendships still do not last.  Just as spring flowers planted in the fall need to survive the winter in order to flourish, friendships also need to stand the test of time.

Few things in life require as much effort and hope as raising children.  Most parents give it all they’ve got.  Yet, the truth is, the outcome is never certain.

Raising my children, I am reminded of the temptation I feel at the start of spring.  When tulips in my flowerbeds first break the ground, with only the barest glimpse of blossoms, I have to resist the urge to scrutinize them.  I am dying to know answers to questions such as “how many” and “what color”.  Just as I am dying to know how my children will turn out.  “Will they try hard in everything they do?” “Will they be kind?”  “Will they try to make a difference?” No matter how much I want to know, I just have to wait and see.

When all is said and done, you’ve got to have hope.  Like the hope I have for spring to come around this time every year.  So far, spring has not failed me yet.

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