planting bulbs and patience

Last week I planted bulbs in front of my house.

I have never planted bulbs before. I know my mom did growing up, but I don’t remember ever being involved in it, but there is a small amount of space in front of my home and I wanted to try it out. So out we went on a sunny weekday afternoon after I had finished work for the day.

We stood outside, staring at our bag of bulbs purchased from Costco and the patch of dirt in front of us. A neighbour passed us and asked what we were doing and when she found out we were planting bulbs ran into her garage to loan us her bulb planter. We then set to work, turning the dirt, planting down the blubs, and packing the dirt back down around it. And now we wait.

The thing about bulbs is that they have to survive the winter to bloom in the spring.

2020 has been a year of waiting for me. It has been a year that is teaching me patience.

At the beginning of the year Nigel I talked about our plans for the year. Safe to say things didn’t turn out as planned. Both of us losing our jobs was tough. Staying inside our home with our only escape being walks around the community taught us what it was truly like to be together 24/7 and job prospects going in completely different directions taught us that plans can always change.

But through it all we were learning patience.

Just like the bulbs that we planted in fall we have to sit and wait, and that can be hard. I had my dream job paused and I don’t know if I will be going back (though I am still hopeful), I play with my friends’ babies knowing that it isn’t our time just yet, and in general I feel like I am in a period of waiting.

Now I know that things won’t always be this way. 2020 hasn’t turned out the way that I may have hoped and while not all is lost, there has been some hard moments. There has been tears shed this year because things haven’t gone the way I planned (and if you know me you know I love to plan) and there have been times of not wanting to wait.

2020 is not the end.

I have been learning to be patient.

The last thing our neighbour said is that she will be waiting for our flowers in the spring.

I will be too.

One Comment Add yours

  1. CARAMEL says:

    Lovely post Andrea.
    I always like to think of having a purpose. When plans go wrong, when obstacles come along, we may have to be patient and go the long way around. But keeping our eyes on the goal, the purpose means we won’t give up.


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