This past spring, a friend and I had a wonderful time working in a school garden, guiding young children as they planted seeds and cared for vegetables and flowers. A small group has continued to tend the garden during this long, hot summer. It’s been a labor of love.
When I arrived to water one morning last week, I discovered to my horror that all the beautiful sunflowers had been brutally hacked down over night and scattered everywhere. It broke my heart to see the violent destruction of these bright sunny beings that drew the bees and butterflies.
Why would someone do that?
In my anger and sadness, I’m searching for some glimmer of goodness in all that has transpired. It drew our little community closer, as those who witnessed the aftermath or heard the news expressed shock, along with much love and respect for the flowers.
The sunflowers’ sacrifice has intensified my desire to partner with the Earth, and to live in harmony with the natural world. My hope for our future on this planet has not wavered. I continue to imagine the day when we as Her humans truly understand that every being matters, be it plant, animal, stone, or human.
What a wonderful day that will be…
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