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Posted 4/18/2012 5:16pm by Shiloh Avery.

re-erecting the tomato umbrella
Re-erecting the tomato umbrella (for days like today!)

The incessant staccato “tut-tut-tut” of the rain as it falls from the long-cluttered gutter above my office window is, today, comforting.  I feel a bit like the desert soil upon a sudden storm, opening my pores to the moisture and releasing a long held breath.  Like the plants in that arid soil-somehow alive but dormant- the rain washes away the poverty of parchedness I was unaware of but that had been holding me back from the normal spring renewal and re-growth.  We drink deep and reawaken ourselves to purpose.  By this time next week, we’ll have grown a foot.  I can already taste the fresh greens of spring, and feel their chlorophyll coursing through my rejuvenated veins.  It’s finally harvest time and the rain has arrived just in time for that burst of growth that accompanies spring.


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