My Garden

Pink and Purple Iris

Shark Boy has been a great help this week in the yard. He likes to weed and dig in the dirt and will even help me clean up the tools and bag up the debris when we're finished.

Lately the moon has been out while it is still light and it looks so clear and close. We've stood side by side looking up, marveling at how it looked lit from within, like a light bulb was on inside it. Last night I could see eyes and a smile and he couldn't and I think he thought I was messing with him.

But I wasn't.

He has stayed out with me until it is too dark to see anymore. We talk about where to place the plants. I taught him how to loosen each plant from the container, gently pulling, giving the plastic bottom a little squeeze if it won't come free. I showed him how to loosen the ones that are a bit root bound, so they will 'take' more easily. He fetches water and drenches each new section we plant.

When I stand up and arch my back, trying to ease the ache, he steps behind me and rubs his hands on my back. He misses the spot and doesn't rub hard enough, but I tell him how much that helps and I thank him.

The flower beds are looking much improved, with red and white Vinca and sections of parti-colored Coleus.

But he is what I'm really growing, for my children are my heart's garden; and he's taking quite well.


This evening when we came into the house he said that I should go lie down and rest my back after all that planting. I replied that I would, but first I had to put the baby to bed.

With sincerity and feeling he said, "Wow Mom. Your life is harsh."


This kid is awesome.


Ellen aka Ellie said...

Sometimes their perceptions of life bely their years.

Pop and Ice said...

What a sweet time you had together! I certainly miss the age where they will work with you, just to be near you.

It's Always Something Around Here said...

Awwww that is so sweet!!

Sheri @ www.careergirlinterrupted.com said...

Out of the mouths of babes, right?? I love to work in the yard, but we have a mutual agreement that i will not bring any more house plants in - i kill them all. I think they see the dying ones as they enter the house and just give up. oh well.

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

I love when all of a sudden they find themselves looking at things differently. It never fails to surprise me how much smarter and wiser our kids are than we kgive them credit for :-)

Loukia said...

It must be so nice to garden together with your son! Very lovely. And he sounds like such a sweetheart... aww!

Michele R said...

What an awesome kid!

Burgh Baby said...

You should keep him. He's got a heart of gold!

Amy said...

Burgh Baby - He is a keeper, that's for certain!

Kat said...

That is a great quote. I wish my boys would tell me my life was harsh! If Shark Boy is looking for more weeding I will gladly pick him up any day!

Amo said...

What a sweetie.

Send him to NC. Mine could use a lesson or two in horticulture and heart-breaking. :)

josetteplank.com said...

With sincerity and feeling he said, "Wow Mom. Your life is harsh."

He is going to make some woman an awesome husband someday, lol.

What a lovely blog post. Isn't this what our kids want most from us? To spend time together, learning and sharing? What a special guy and what a great mom you are. :-)

Amy said...

Jozet - Thanks. He makes it pretty easy.

Auds at Barking Mad said...

What amazing observations from someone so young, and after such a beautiful time spent together. How rapidly their perceptions of the people and things around them grow up and change.

kristi said...

That boy is smart!

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