“Survival activates miracles when a person relies on the graces of hope and faith.” ~ Caroline Myss
The midweek word-prompt over on our site https://weeklyprompts.com is Shrubbery and was chosen by GC. This is my response to the prompt.
When I looked in the draft folder on Weekly Prompts and saw what GC had chosen for the midweek word-prompt my first thought was “Shrubbery? What the heck do I do with this one?”
I pondered his words for a while and then I began to think about how I’d hoped for re-growth and wished for new beginnings. I snapped out of this train of thought and went down the straightforward greenery route instead.
Backgound – After my husband died, my eldest daughter and family moved in. We extended the house and divided it to give each of us our own homes under one roof. During the renovation work, to make way for extensions and a patio, the builders dug up a number of plants and shrubs.
In my attempts to stay out of the way of the builders, I didn’t appreciate the true extent of the garden carnage until it was too late. For example, a rhododendron bush that was a gift from a friend in memory of my dead baby, rose bushes that were gifted from my colleagues at school in memory of my mother. The soil where beneath the surface my mother’s ashes were scattered. All ruthlessly excavated by a small machine and thrown into a skip without care or thought to sentimentality, nor any attempt to re-plant.
One solitary rose-bush survived the excavations as did a bushy bush that had been brutally dug up and thrown away. The bush was initially planted by my second daughter during a bleak period in her life, a time when gardening became her therapy. Much of her planting was ploughed over and discarded but when I spotted the bush, I asked one of the builders if we could replant it further along. He was pessimistic and doubted anything could be salvaged but he agreed to my request.
The deadwood needed to be cut away, but against all the odds, the bush survived. Today it is strong and healthy and may one day stand tall again.
(c) SueW-nansfarm.net 2018. In response to the word-prompt Shrubbery from Weekly Prompts http://weeklyprompts.com/2018/07/25/word-prompt-shrubbery