Of love and water

I began watering my grapes in February. I live in the hill country in southern Arizona. Our season starts early but it’s not Phoenix. We get cold days and nights still in February and even some cold days in March. When I started watering my vines looked dead. I took two cuttings from my biggest vine and planted them in the ground. Soon one sprouted leaves. My grandson stepped on the other one and it snapped in two. I kept watering. Now green leaves are thriving sprouting from one dead stick, and my established grapes are glorious!
But I have two red grape vines that are temperamental. They’re French, what more need I say!? Nothing had happened with them in all these weeks. I kept watering. Today on the very bottom of one red grape I saw a tiny pink leaf! Now it has unfurled and is green. The second red vine can’t be far behind. And that dead stick, the one that snapped in two? Little leaves are growing up the stubby stick from the roots.

And isn’t this how life is? When you think there’s no hope, when you’ve been trodden down, dried out and discarded keep on watering. When those you love disappoint, keep watering. We may not see the fruits of our efforts immediately. But love and water are powerful. Both can work miracles if we provide consistently. There may be life in the roots. Don’t give up on yourself, your kids, your spouse, your neighbor. You know who needs that extra care. So remember the garden, and Keep on watering.

Just one warning, In life you can’t water for a day or two and think you’re done.  You have to water daily.  You have to check the plants and the soil.  And if you skip a day you’ve got to give a good soak the following day and hope the drought didn’t reach down and damage those tiny roots.  You just can’t go off and take a watering vacation if you expect life and hope to sprout.   Keep it up, enjoy your fruits.


About Karen Hopkins

Karen Hopkins (1949-) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Martinez, California. At seventeen she moved to Talcahuano, Chile. After completing her university degree she worked in London, England for Pan American Airlines and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. For twenty-six years Karen taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in a variety of settings including a private school in Panama, the "most remote school in the United States" in Ticaboo, Utah, the Navajo Reservation, and a teacher exchange in Hermosillo, Mexico. Karen and her husband traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, spending many summers in the highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala . Karen currently lives in Southern Arizona, near the Mexican border.
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