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Stephanie Lynch

It’s well into spring.
The ground is soft and warm.
I break up the dirt with my garden fork.
The earth smells clean and good.
I sculpt a row of holes in the soft soil.
and carefully transplant the tomato seedlings.
Now I have to protect them
and water them and hope for sunshine
and a healthy crop at harvest time.
I look across the garden at my little girl.
It’s really the same thing, I think.
© by Stephanie Lynch.
Used with the author’s permission.

Stephanie Lynch was born in the Boston area and grew up with books such as Make Way for Ducklings, Raggedy Ann and Peter Rabbit--stories of a simpler time. She has had a lifelong interest in gardening, but is now quite busy with a psychotherapy practice and volunteer work providing behavioral health in disaster situations. Stephanie has a 27-year-old son with Down Syndrome, living happily on a farm; a 25-year-old son studying music; and a 21-year-old daughter studying marketing. Now that her children are grown, Stephanie says, "there has been time to get back to writing, and it’s been a joy." Whether planting a seedling, watching a child grow, assisting someone in improving their outlook on life, or making a crisis go a little more easily, Stephanie loves to help when she can.

Post New Comment:
Simply lovely and I agree with the writer's sentiments.
Posted 05/18/2012 12:52 PM
Tyler Gabrysh:
Wholesome; begun and ended perfectly!
Posted 05/09/2012 10:54 AM
Posted 05/09/2012 08:58 AM
Sunshine to all!
Posted 05/09/2012 05:54 AM

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