“Though I do not believe
that a plant will spring up
where no seed has been,
I have great faith in a seed.
Convince me that you have a seed there,
and I am prepared to expect wonders.”
~Henry D. Thoreau
Seeds are sprouting. They’re sprouting where we planted them, and hundreds of thousands more are sprouting absolutely everywhere. I have great faith in seeds. Trusting ourselves is a little harder.
Each year I go through some changes about it. We saved that new pepper seed. We didn’t order new seed. That pea seed was a completely impromptu experiment, then the peas got back-ordered. What if it doesn’t sprout?
(The answer is easy: we plant again.)
Did we order new parsley seed? Sometimes we have excess seed at the end of the season and we don’t seem to need it, but we also can’t keep ALL of our seeds in the freezer, either, so its not ideal storage conditions…
which leads to weak germination. (Lesson learned. We plant again.)
It wasn’t the seed’s fault.
But what is there to trust in the seed? Mr. Weasley’s question makes me smile each time I think of it. Where is the seed’s brain?
I think the seed’s brain is in the whole earth, and in the whole earth there is reflected the influence of the whole cosmos. That smart little seed, rolling around in my fingers, dropping into the wet ground, hiding in the dark, playing with the sun and air and water. It’s brain is so much bigger than mine.