I smile every time I see a seedling take root in a crevice, or find grasses growing on the roof. It makes me happy to find a flower sprouting out of the bark of a fern, or find a tomato plant growing up and through a shrub. I salute the tenacity of nature and the strenghth in those tiny roots. We all need tenacity and a tiny bit of audacity to muscle our way through life sometimes. It takes courage to make changes, to sprout new wings, and try new things.
All summer I have watched as this volunteer tomato plant grew bigger as it reached for the light. You see it had sprouted up behind a shrub under the shady eave of our house. Not very much direct sunlight, if any, ever crossed its' path. But it kept growing and stretching and pretty soon it got its' branches and leaves into the sun. The flowers started, then the fruit formed. Now there is an incredible number of sweet plump cherry tomatoes waiting for me to pluck them into my mouth.
All this bounty from a cast off seed. Did the seed land there because a racoon stole a tomato from last year's plants? Was it a rotten one that someone didn't to eat during one last year's barbeques? I'll never know how that seed got in that peculiar location. It doesn't matter. What matters is the message: Keep reaching for the sun. Be tenacious in your pursuits. Embrace your potential.
Here's to all my students, near and far. Here's to all of you working on your art somewhere, trying new things, making mistakes, and continuing to explore. Her is to tenacity. May it always be part of our life!