LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
It’s amazing how small things can mean so much. Take marigolds for example. Sure, it may not be as snobby or showy as the rose or as delicate and prissy as the lily, but the marigold is one hearty humble flower.
Marigolds are scattered all over the city I’m in. I’m thankful for this because these warm flowers remind me of Mom. Not only because Mom is hearty and humble, but because of the memories I have of her and her marigold garden.
You see every fall Mom would plant marigold seeds. She’d get them all tucked away safely under the soil and then cover it with a healthy layer of leaves for good measure. In the garage on a shelf dangerously close to the door sat a shoebox full of seeds that never made that year’s planting. Every time I’d see the box I’d imagine bumping into it and spilling all the seeds.
In the late spring and early summer these flowers would line the sides of the house all the way through fall again.
Even though Mom and I are thousands of miles away I’m thankful to see marigolds blooming around me. They remind me of her and home. So that little flower makes a big difference to me.
MICHAEL VENSKE is an expert mistake-maker whose faith and enthusiasm cause him to leap without looking. One such jump landed him in China where he’s currently teaching kindness, compassion, and the fine art of physical comedy.
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