The home I live in is built on rock, on granite. In fact, some parts of it are actually hewn out of the rock. We do have some garden around the house, but there is also a far bit of decking because it’s a lot easier to build over the rock and add potted plants than it is to plant into the rock.
A few weeks into winter I noticed a plant growing up through a gap in between two planks on the deck – it surprised me because I know its rocky ground under there!
A few weeks later after that the plant produced a bunch of bright yellow jonquils - this surprised me even more! I had planted jonquils in a patch of rocky earth nearby, so I guess one of the bulbs had washed out of the bed with the heavy rain and got caught on the rock under the deck.
Obviously, there was enough soil to give the bulb a start and enough hint of sunlight between the cracks in the decking to entice growth, and so we were treated to the very beautiful sight of a stunning flower in a most unexpected place. Interestingly, none of the jonquils planted in the original spot survived, and as I laboured to improve the nearby rocky ground - digging in compost and other organic material in an attempt to keep the ground from setting like concrete come the summer – the splash of colour growing up through the deck reminded me of a friend of mine.
My friend grew up in the very rocky ground of broken relationships, abuse and abandonment. She’s seen more tragic death first hand than anyone else I know, and eventually she got washed away like the jonquil bulb. Nearly completely washed away actually but, like the bulb, she landed on a tiny, almost non-existent piece of solid ground and used that small and insufficient space to make some tough decisions which she kept and keeps following through on.
If you met my friend, you would see in her face and eyes beauty and joy as vibrant and unexpected as my deck jonquil. She reminds me of the old poem from the bible, "Give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit."
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