by Kathy Ruff
Summer has such a variety of beauty and growth, even in the middle of my concrete jungle in Coaldale, Pennsylvania.
My clematis, which normally has only bloomed in early fall, decided to take root early this year and spread its wings. This year it grew quickly beyond its five-foot trellis and began intertwining its growth onto the railings of my porch.
It never fails to amaze me how much energy Mother Nature can spur!
Like the clematis, we can rely on the roots we have to create the foundation for our spiritual growth. We can find support along the way — in our families, friends and faith — to help us spread our wings and be what we are meant to be. We can stretch to grow and intertwine ourselves with our supports to stretch beyond our wildest imaginations.
Like the clematis, a time of dormancy will occur, a time when we can strengthen our roots and prepare for the next spurt of life. We can build upon the roots of the past to create a beautiful present and the foundation for a solid, renewable future.
In addition to your gift for writing, you also seem to have a magic green thumb. My vines are completely stunted…that doesn't bode well!