Do you have a Bucket List? I do, and one of my items is to learn to propagate woody plants. I’m not planning to compete with professional nurseries, but I do want the satisfaction of watering pots filled with little clones I created in my garden laboratory.
I posted a write-up of my first attempt at propagating a woody shrub via layering at this link: John’s New Plant. The experiment worked, and I have a child plant identical to its mother.
Speaking of children, my daughters have much in common. Both are adored by their Daddy. Both will burst into song if a lively tune from childhood fits the present moment. They set goals and orchestrate resources to achieve them. These ladies are extremely creative, and have no trouble divining the what. My delight is to join them to fathom the how, and together we incarnate ideas.
In the past months I have worked with each daughter on a project of her choosing. While we worked, I watched and observed. That’s part of what writers do. While the girls have shared characteristics, each is her own woman.
Amanda is methodical and brings detailed diagrams to the shop. She’s focused on the task but will pause to marvel as wood curls wrap around the drill bit. At one point she sat amidst the sawdust piecing cutoffs from ancient barn wood into a mosaic. We stopped the project to cut dozens of additional slices as she matched grains and colors. Her mind was generating ideas for these wood slivers, and I can’t wait to see how she uses them.
Michelle’s in the shop for the fellowship as well as the project. Pass her the drill and…bzrrt! The hole is bored, and she is ready to move on. Conversation is crucial. I have to remind her to stop talking and pay attention to the saw. She is physical strong, hefts five gallon paint buckets for a living, and has a great deal of stamina. Like her sister, her idea generator is well-oiled and fully functional.
Parents, we aren’t baking cookie children or cloning plant babies. Each child is unique, and our methods may require adjustment. Become a student of your child.
- Pay attention to your child’s approach to problem solving.
- Watch carefully to see which activities she gravitates toward.
- Observe her technique for handling frustration.
- Find ways to encourage her creativity.
- Give her space to be unique.
- Listen to her ideas.
One day that child will blossom into a woman. I speak from experience when I share how special it is to still enjoy each other’s company.
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Psalm 127:3 NASB