Friday, September 28, 2012
Most of my garden photographs get posted in my blog www.stonesandfeathers.wordpress.com . Most of my kitchen stories and recipes get told at www.kitchenkeepers.wordpress.com . But this blue pea vine that blooms so profusely at my kitchen window reminds me why I love vines so much: they are quite alot like families. There is something magical about a climbing vine in a garden. Vines seem to have a mind of their own and grow here and there in many directions - but they need something to cling to or climb on, a support. Like morning glories and moonflowers, they reach for the strength of a trellis or rail and hang on, blooming and blooming some more.
Families can be like that too. Especially in our marriages, I think sometimes we are branches of the vine and at other times we need to be the trellis, offering support for each other's growth and change. As I age, my children help me do things I once could do for myself or for them. So last night, as the blue pea vine peeked in my kitchen window, I cooked a pot of seafood gumbo with my granddaughter's good help while my son hung curtain rods for me and my daughter in law stood on a ladder to change light bulbs. I am thankful for my trellis and glad I can still bloom. They loved the gumbo.