While I appreciate each season equally, there is something particularly moving about the soft vitality of spring. It inspires me to join it in its work of bringing new things to life.
The result of this inspiration is my preparation of new herb pots for the summer.
|New herbs and old herbs!|
Well, with such success, as you might imagine, I’ve decided to expand my repertoire (if herbs can have a repertoire, that is!). I also use plenty of cilantro in Mexican cooking, plus thyme and rosemary for seasoning my preferred Mediterranean cuisine. Plus, I want to grow hot chilis and bell peppers, and basil is an annual so it has to be replanted. Since I had my trimester break at the beginning of April, I decided to get things started.
There’s something so happy about burying your hands in soil and laying out the tiny seeds.
|Look how cute I am!|
Besides starting my herb pots, I’ve also arranged to adopt a kitten from a friend of mine. It’s probably a girl, and she’ll be ready in a week or two. And of course, I’m a teacher currently, so I have plenty of children under my care. There is much responsibility that comes along with the endeavor to raise a small, young creature to its proper state of existence. That responsibility can seem like a burden at times, but it also can bring out the best part of our humanity.
For this reason, I’d argue that creation in some form or other is the vocation of each human being
There’s an essay on fairy tales by J. R. R. Tolkien in which he talks about sub-creation. Basically he argues that in a universe which continually engenders and preserves new life in multiple different forms, human beings (who have the ability to acknowledge this universal activity) feel the drive to partake in it. They take different elements of the overall creativity of being and reconfigure them in ways that suit the human character. Of course, he was specifically talking about stories and especially fantasy stories, but I think the principle can be applied to all good human endeavors.
|Seeds are part of a universal pattern!|
Sometimes it can be easy to feel discouraged by the monotony and responsibility of pursuing our various professions and hobbies. However, during the springtime, when the renewal of the yearly patterns is visible around us, we can take heart and refresh our commitment to that undertakings with love. In every cycle of creation there is a time of dryness and dormancy. After such a period, though, life returns to delight and inspire us again to continue.