Flowers don’t worry about how the’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful. ~Jim Carrey
Let me start by saying how much I love flowers. I love flowers, like, really love them. Sometimes pretty flowers can bring me to tears. No joke. And I believe the most beautiful flowers are the ones that come out of your garden.
A Packet of Seeds is a beautiful story about a family who moves west during the rough pioneer days. Once settled in their new home, the mother gives birth to a baby girl but is sad with longing for her old home, friends and family. She retreats within herself. To cheer up her mother, the older daughter works hard at clearing a spot of land to plant a garden and sure enough, her plan works. They plant the garden with vegetable seeds from a nearby neighbor and flower seeds from back home.
I am always amazed at how much sticking my hands in the earth can cheer me up. I never feel alone in a garden and during the cold winter months, just thinking about my summer garden is enough to pull me through till spring.
This story with the illustrations captures the initial loneliness that can be brought on by change, the family that clings to you and you to them, and how new life can renew our spirit.
I love the way the illustrations carry the feminine spirit with pretty curves and soft colors.