Everything's Got A Purpose

This is one of the many things that I find truly amazing: put a seed in the ground and it grows. Exactly eight days ago I pushed a bunch of seeds into little plastic trays with soil in them, watered them and put the trays on a table. Within a few days some of the seeds already showed signs of life (the non-organic seeds, not surprisingly, sprouted first). By the middle of the summer these tiny plants--which were even tinier seeds just a few days ago--will supply me with food to eat. Amazing. The seedlings in the foreground are organic cucumbers, which I plan to grow vertically to save space...by the end of the summer those teeny little plants will undoubtedly produce so many cucumbers that I'll be giving them away. And the small forest of skinny little plants in the background are all cabbage plants...looks like I'll have enough sauerkraut to get me through next winter. Out of the view of the lens, to the left and in the rear, are tiny corn seedlings that just sprouted today...by the end of the summer they will probably be as tall as last year (click here to see an image). It really is amazing, I think. And I also wonder, at times, how anyone can doubt that there is a Higher Power at work here, as there is with all things. Here's a favorite quote of mine from the movie Cold Mountain (the movie was good, but the book was, of course better). Maddy was telling Inman her personal philosophy: See, I think there's a plan. There's a design for each and every one of us. You look at nature. Bird flies somewhere, picks up a seed, shits the seed out, plant grows. Bird's got a job, shit's got a job, seed's got a job. And you've got a job.