I love to garden. I am still learning, but I have come a long way from where I was. When I first started learning how to garden, I remember someone saying “get succulents because you can’t mess them up!” I guess that person didn’t have a whole lot of faith in me keeping pretty things alive. They haven’t seen my beautiful daughters either, haha. I digress, the truth was I was a complete brown thumb. Everything I tried to grow died so I had very little faith in myself when it came to gardening. They were speaking the truth though about succulents. I love them for their resilient nature. They are tough and can survive just about any tough conditions that gets tossed at them.
I have them everywhere as a reminder of my own resiliency. Life throws quite a few curve balls but we have to learn to be strong like succulents. No joke-I have killed them in the freezing snow and those babies have come back! That is some resiliency! It’s hard to be strong and know that everything is going to be okay, especially in unsure times.
I often like to talk to my husband about tougher times that we have had. Some of our best memories came out of those times. I remember being so poor with him that we would buy cheap (fake) crab and mayo and make crab salad to eat on for days. We would buy these big disposable pans that would double as mixing bowls and plates because we didn’t have a way to clean dishes-seriously we had no running water-poor! Now we look back and laugh because no matter how hard we try, we can’t make our crab salad come out nearly as good as those ‘sufferin’ days.
It’s hard to think about how you will one day look back at these times and not only laugh, but think of them fondly. If only we can keep that perspective and know that this is just another moment, another season and it too shall pass. And quite possibly bring some some magical memories.