Growing cycles – Weds 7th May 2014

By | May 7, 2014

Yesterday’s post was all about T and the angst and uncertainties he’s currently facing.. Today has been no better for him, he met us very agitated about an occurrence in school today. He is extremely good at concealing emotions and upsets during the school day and then (quietly usually but angrily) erupting as soon as he sees me. Unfortunately there is no “quick fix” to the issues making him bubble away under the surface, it really is a case of waiting….and hoping.

Yesterday, whilst T was at school and D had an inset day, we went to visit Hubbie’s dad. He is coping far better than anyone could have anticipated since suddenly becoming widowed 4 days before last Christmas, but is very frail and we have all been concerned for him.

It took a couple of visits after Christmas for D to acclimatise to the new environment and the fact that her Nanny wasn’t around anymore, the first time she was “too scared” (her words) and it was a tricky situation. (We found that there was no way of “sugar coating” what had happened, phrases like “passed away” or “gone to sleep” would have only added to her confusion and distress. It also made her fearful about the ageing process for Hubbie and I.)

Now though, with Spring firmly upon us, they are both smiling and laughing together again.

My father in law, because the weather means that he’s able to spend time in his garden, planting and planning what he’ll be growing this year. It gives him something to look forward to.

D, because she just loves her vegetables, both from an eating viewpoint and watching the growing cycles. When she was a baby, her favourite toys to carry around were an ELC asparagus stick and peas, we could not go anywhere without them. They graduated from her tiny hands to a little handbag and she still likes to get her play food out and have picnics with Bunny.

Anyway, one of the first things D always likes to do (after a hug, a flap and a giggle) is to go and see Grandad’s plants. Whether it’s raining or sunny, she loves to skip along and see how the plants are progressing, he really enjoys pointing out all the plants, telling her when they’ll be ready and how to care for them too.

Here’s some pictures:

Strawberry plants:

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Carrots (D can’t wait for these to grow):

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Parsnips (yummy!):

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And tomatoes, she loves to smell the leaves and spot the tiny yellow blossoms:

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It’s so nice to see them laughing together and cultivating (pardon the pun) a mutual love of plants and veggies.

Hopefully there’ll be many many more happy moments.

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4 Comments

Merlinda Little on May 8, 2014 at 3:37 pm.

Gardening is really a theraphy and a bonding activity. I am glad that things are we e bit better for them =) #SSAA

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Jeannette on May 11, 2014 at 3:59 pm.

Thank you, it’s lovely to see them both bonding over the gardening, D can’t wait for the veggies to grow :)

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Jane Roberts on May 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm.

It’s really lovely that they have found something that bonds them together after this sad time. Bonds with grandparents are so important. I love that D even goes to check on how the growing has gone even when it is raining.

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Jeannette on May 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm.

Thanks Jane, it’s just so lovely to see, she just loves all the aspects of the growing (and eating!) :)

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