Today's Wonder of the World is... Roots!
Isn't this an amazing tree? There's Sam standing in front of it. It's part of Falls Park, in downtown Greenville. The tree is surprisingly healthy and beautiful, clinging to the hillside like that.
I have always been amazed by roots. Haven't you? I remember sitting in biology class, staring at diagrams like this,
and it would remind me of roots and trees. Pretty soon I'd want to write a poem.
In my college botany classes, I learned all about roots and how they serve to obtain water and nutrients for the plant but also to anchor it to the ground. (Actually that's sort of a first grader's version of what roots do. I'd try to impress you with my college- level root knowledge, but I've forgotten everything I ever knew about roots, so let's just leave it at that, okay?)
You may remember that I have a high school senior and graduation is a little more than a week away. So right now whenever I see roots, I have this urge to think slightly cheesy thoughts about my Sarah. And about her friends.
Hi Katie! Hi Sarah! Hi Erin! There you are before Senior Sunday at church.
Back to my slightly cheesy thoughts, my collection of cliches...
Have we given her strong roots? Have we nurtured her and given her what she needs to grow? When the strong winds blow and toss around the soil in her life, will she stand tall?
Enough of that. Sarah is a strong girl, and I'm not worried about her. Not at all.
Well, maybe a teensy-tiny bit. A normal amount, considering that my daughter is such a together person and I'm a little paranoid.
I'm more worried about me and what I'm going to do without her.
But I'm not going to think about that now.
No, I'm going to focus on roots. Roots are not bittersweet. (Well, some probably are, but we'll ignore them for the moment.)
Roots do not leave home after almost eighteen years of being my buddy, even though they're ready and must leave home or it just wouldn't be healthy.
Roots do not make me search my messy purse for Kleenex at the mere sight of them looking so happy and grown up in their graduation attire.
Let's move on.
Let's look at some roots, shall we?
Remember these? The ones that look like a scary jungle spider, but are actually just asparagus?
And what about these beauties, bizarre as they may be?
Thanks acc78 on Flickr.
And here's another root that makes me happy.
And last, but not least, North Carolina's Official State Vegetable...the Sweet Potato!
Hey, I think that sweet potato is smiling at us!
And it's got dimples!
Do you see it, or is all this graduation madness making me lose my mind?
Anyway, enjoy the roots in your life, whether you're eating them or stepping over them. (Be careful--don't trip!)
Have a wonder-ful Tuesday!