Branching Out

There is great hope amongst weeds, that each one will prevail over the barriers of concrete or landscaping or routine maintenance. They ignore the forces that threaten them, choosing instead to grow in full view.  This weed is minuscule in stature, yet it has decided that crossing the sidewalk is its destiny. There is no concern for the foot traffic that is certain to smash and squish and tear apart delicate flowers from the central stretched stem that breaches constraints. No thought is given to the possibility of a broom. Instead, certain of possessing the needed strength to reach the next gap and patch of dirt by simply growing, this weed trespasses the thoroughfare with great focus.

There is a weapon employed by this and many other weeds, and that is charm. Just look how delicate the tiny flowers are, how delightfully patterned the leaves, how fuzzy and endearing the new growth! This weed looks the part of a celebratory garland and uses that charm to disarm you, so perhaps you will adjust your gait or put away your broom, and there will be a weed celebration on the other side as planned. Weeds dare to live boldly!

Please come back tomorrow for a new “Weed Image of the Day” and let me know which ones you like.

We and our weeds are so much more than what we first appear to be.

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