Mrs Lorax is a mother of medicine. She takes the seeds from our plants, germinates them, and nurtures them much like children. And while the medicine in her care grows, our human children grow alongside them. It’s really that beautiful and simple.
This is a family album of a medicine mother’s seedlings, photographed from planting to three years old.
We all should do this. The garden becomes a place of learning, devotion, and prayer.
Children learn from our devotion. Growing up around medicine gives them perspective of the long term relationship it has with us.
There is nothing too hard about cultivating medicine from seed. Well, it’s exactly as hard as are attention and prayer.
Children and peyote babies. You end up looking at and admiring them every day. And like children, medicine grows a little every day.
Providing the right conditions in terms of food and water is important. But just as important as these physical needs are, they need the right amount of light. Too much will burn them and too little is just as harmful. I’m thinking there’s an analogy here with children too. Perhaps our attention is the light our children need.
Every parent rearranges the house when an infant becomes a toddler. Same way with medicine. As they grow, you need to change the space.
Taking seedlings from their original germination tray and putting them in new soil noticeably speeds up their growth. They love the extra nutrients in new soil and some room for roots to grow. This reminds me of when our kids start talking and they’re learning new things every day.
At three years of growth we take the seedlings from their individual containers and let them grow together in a longer term arrangement. I guess you could say that this is like when our kids start school.
Medicine doesn’t mind growing close to each other. Many cacti growers notice that often the ones growing closer together grow faster. I don’t think I need to insert the obvious analogy with children here.
Watching the medicine grow is not like watching our kids grow. It is the same thing. A healthy attitude is required for both to thrive. Seeing your kids healthy and happy shows your home being healthy and happy. Your happy and healthy home shows your medicine thriving. This is what Mrs Lorax is growing. Health and happiness. We all should do this.
Dear Creator. Watch over our families with your light and love. Protect them as the future brings its blessings and its challenges. Give us strength, guidance, and health as parents so that we may see our children love and bless their own families. Thank you.
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