It was only three years ago that the kids and I planted two or maybe even three strawberry plants in a bare small part of our vegetable garden. (Ha! Isn't it like me to not even remember how many plants we planted and moreso isn't it like me to not remember the variety!)
Today, the strawberry patch has grown into a prolific fairy-sized forest that has besieged the herb garden to extinction and has so rudely trespassed into their neighbours, the grape vine and blueberry bushes.
You know that song, "There were five in the bed and little one said...." Yes, that's what a strawberry patch reminds me of.... a garden bully!
So I was painfully forced to tear back and tame a formidable chunk of this walking plant to make some breathing space for the rest of the garden earlier in the year. It would have been a far more painless slashing had I remembered how bountiful a small strawberry patch can be.
Because today in this wonderfully warm and uncommon hot northwest spring this little patch is bursting with fruit, making it a favorite gathering place for all in the family, especially for my two smaller kids who have made it a daily routine, and competition, to discover the reddest juiciest garden candy.
And in this strawberry patch little miracles can occur. The eldest (the one who's most oblivious to my garden efforts and who would rather spend all.of.his.time at the basketball hoop) and I, we found ourselves together in the garden when I heard him declare, "Hey. Red strawberries".
So the tween actually lingered and feasted.
After a full day at basketball camp, this was his one "green" moment of the day. It was his calm down and slow down moment. And amongst these mouthfuls of sweetness, my normally taciturn son began to open up and share some insight into his special day.
And I thought, this is why Mama's build gardens! And I here I was thinking that it was solely about connecting with His Creation!
In His infinite wisdom, I believe the Garden of Eden was designed not just for the enjoyment of his artistry or for the satisfaction of good work but also as a sanctuary, a place to worship and a place to gather in His name and a place to connect with each other.
Blessings Friends, Enjoy His Creation together!
And may I add, that no strawberry in the bucket ever made it inside the house!