Healthy families and gardens? What do they have in common?
I’m a gardener. It comes natural to me, and I’ve gotten better at it through the years from experience.
I tell others that they should garden also. They all seem to have excuses.
Dr. Tom’s garden
“What’s so hard about having a tomato in a pot on your porch?” I ask. Yes, even that is gardening. Take it a step farther and hoe up a 3 X 5 foot patch of soil and sprinkle a $1.49 packet of lettuce seeds.
“But the weeds!” they exclaim.
Ah yes, the weeds. It’s hard for me to cover for the weed problem. Weeds are what stop people from gardening on larger scales than any other excuse.
“To bad we can’t learn to eat weeds” I once heard my father say.
Well, I do know that you can eat young dandelion weeds. I tried them once or twice; they are tolerable but a little bitter.
But don’t pick them where dogs are roaming! LOL.
God’s got some purpose for weeds, I guess. Just like he’s got some purpose for mosquitoes. Some reasons we may never know.
Life is a lot like gardening isn’t it? Life is full of a lot of weeds. There are certain things we want, certain accomplishments we strive for, but then the weeds come.
For example, my wife and I wanted kids, we got them, but then the weeds showed up. Weeds like the diapers, and the homework problem, and the sibling rivalry problem, and well, lets face it there are a lot of unpleasantries that come with the joy and blessing of having kids.
But we keep battling the weeds and don’t give up.
People should do the same with kids as with our gardens – don’t give up. The benefits eventually make it all worthwhile. And we get a little smarter about dealing with the weeds each season.
In my garden for example, at first I started just pulling them. The next season I hoed them when they started to sprout. The next season I put mulch between the vegetables to keep the weeds from sprouting. The season after that, I covered the whole garden with landscape fabric and cut small holes just big enough to sneak the vegetables in.
With my kids, I got a bit smarter each year also. One of my kids is reluctant to finish his homework. So, first we restricted his playtime to 1 hour after school. Then we learned to take away his computer games until all homework is complete. Finally, we learned that the homework has to start the moment he gets home.
Another example is the candy addiction my kids developed. The candy seemed to be dropping from the sky. If it wasn’t coming from Valentines Day, then it was Easter, then it was the 4th of July parade candy, then it was Grandma, then it was the birthday parties, and on and on. Now, I’m one who believes it’s ok to have candy in moderation, but it’s excessive in our culture. So at first I started saying no, then I had to ration it out, then I hid it in the house, and now I have it hidden in the garage.
I hope my kids don’t read this. LOL.
So the weeds never really end, we just get smarter dealing with them.
How are you dealing with your weeds?
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