“Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.”
In a garden there are different categories that our plants fit into: perennials, annuals, evergreen…we divide them based on what time they are most active in growing or flowering and by how long they will live. I think this is an appropriate analogy for how we treat our friends and family, we have the perennials that stick around for a while but aren’t necessarily permanent (work acquaintances, passing friends) who we tend to devote intense bursts of attention to because we usually come in contact with them on a random basis. Next are the annuals (visiting family, old flames, friends that fall out of touch) these we spend the most energy on because we are acutely aware of how long they will be around us and the infrequency that we see them.
Last are the evergreens or for simplification: long lived trees. These are our immediate family, our friends, the people or animals in our life that we rely on so much they become a part of our everyday life. Unfortunately with trees we tend to relegate them to the low maintenance section of our garden chores, we largely ignore their watering habits or feeding schedule in the garden because they are firmly planted and well established. In our lives this amounts to taking people for granted.
As we get fully into the swing of the holiday bustle, setting up and buying presents and generally running around with far more things on your mind then you deserve, please remember to take care of your trees. Before you know it your trees will be ready to leave your garden, storms blow them over, drought takes its toll and without even realizing it we’re missing the centerpiece to our beautiful garden. Please remember every plant needs love and nurturing and every single one in your garden makes it the beautiful place it is and the beautiful people in your lives make you who you are.
“Christmas eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
Till then you’ll be in my dreams”