Earlier this week my son and I noticed a big-leafed plant had sprung up in our back yard. As we walked closer for a more thorough investigation we spied several large golden blooms.
We looked at one another with wide, surprised eyes.
“Mom? Could that be our pumpkinnnnnnnn......?” Cole started to ask but his question trailed off as he started to doubt our discovery.
I smiled and replied, “I guess Spring showers are bringing us Fall pumpkins and flowers!”
Over a year ago, Cole and my friend, Kimmi Norvell, owner of Coastal Bend Health Foods, planted a few pumpkin seeds from their Halloween sculptures during a pumpkin carving party. (Of course the other seeds were roasted and gobbled down for days and days.) The first plants sprouted that Fall, but a surprise South Texas freeze swept them away. We have not seen them since.
Now we spend time each day marveling at the current growth and beauty along with imagining the great pumpkins these plants will bring us. “Even Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin won’t compare,” we laugh.
I love watching our little pumpkin garden grow. Yet what is most special for me is the connectedness that has sprouted between Cole and me as we remember and reflect on the many events and people who are part of this little garden. These elements of team-work, support and active connectedness also remind me of my favorite Yogiños: Yoga for Youth family poses, Jardin/Garden/Navasana (variation).