Gardening and Parenting Passions Similar in Many Ways
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I like the garden. For most of my life, my favorite method was to relax, create and feel in harmony with nature. On the weekend, I got up before sunrise, got dressed and was ready to conquer the garden with the first rays of dawn. I stayed outside all day and only went inside when the daylight was exhausted, completely exhausted and at the same time completely restless.

This has been my routine for years. Then came the Blessing of the children. You also have requirements. And unlike my garden, their requests are quite noisy and admittedly much more important than anything else on my outdoor to-do list. Countless hours of caring for my garden now alternate with growing seedlings of a different kind.

Although my six- and seven-year-olds are still young, I would consider them mere seedlings at the current stage of their lives. Although I am not yet qualified to talk about their botanical equivalence beyond this point, I can point out some common links between healthy gardening practices and healthy parenting. I can also tell you what are the characteristics of the plants that you will not accept as they mature.

As with plants, children will thrive, adapt or act according to the environment. I take my role as a gardener and parent very seriously. I want nothing less than to know that I have created an environment conducive to robust roots and robust shoots.

Here are a few more thoughts on how I see my children’s development using a few common terms about plants. I hope that my children will always thrive without becoming aggressive or intrusive. Assertiveness would be nice. I pray that they will never be considered harmful, prickly or “almost wild”. I just hope to create the best possible base so that they can eventually thrive, wherever they are planted. I also hope that you understand the concept of transplantation and that it is good for your health.

I will work to promote your adaptability, your resistance to the sun or shade and your resistance to winter in all areas. I would like them to be evergreen, but if they are deciduous, I imagine a large bark, a beautiful structure, a shape and four seasons of interest.

I am sure that my seedlings will become role models in the garden of life, distinguished by their unique properties without overshadowing the beauty of the environment. I don’t think of them as annuals that only bring color and interest briefly, but rather as perennials that are not as exposed, but thanks to the value they bring to the garden all year round.

I also see my children in the form of this seductive fragrant plant. You probably don’t notice it immediately visually, because it is imperceptible. On the contrary, they feel its pleasant aroma, often from a distance. They are attracted to the plant and want to find the source of this pleasure. Once there, they get closer to fully enjoy this joy and always leave with a satisfied sigh and a smile on their face.

If I could instill even more botanical properties in my children, they would look like plants or trees that provide shelter and food for other living beings, give shade to cool the soil and prevent weeds from taking root nearby.

Yes, I have a big plan for what is developing under my leadership. But I am a horticulturist, educator, optimist and, most importantly, a parent. As such, I believe that I have the privilege and the responsibility to positively influence the lives of those I love, as well as those of people I never recognize, as I do for those who pass by.

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