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  • I never gave gardening much thought. You put seeds in decent earth, water a little, and things grow. That's what I thought it was, until I saw how much Nina loved it, was moved by it, would work her hands until they blistered for it, and then until her blisters blistered. That's when I knew.

    When out car pulls into the driveway, and curves around the duplex we live on the second story of, "Hi plants" is what comes out of her. Then she will pull herself out of the car, and even after an exhausting day will spend time leaning over the fence, looking at the new growth, seeing what may have sprouted while we were away. We even have a standing bet about one group of plants. I think they are something we planted, while she is sure they are some weed magically transformed by fresh soil and water.

    I want to tell her that water and soil can't do that to weeds, but I see her talking to the plants, and I feel her attention to them, and I know how that can change things, so I'm not so sure.

    For now, I will just wait and watch. Nothing happens quickly with a garden, and maybe that is the point. After our first six months together, it is nice to do something about establishing a sense of place. Plants grow slowly, while you aren't looking, and you have to be patient. Plants can teach you things, and for now I'm just willing to learn, about them, and about her.
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