January 10, 2011

One week into it (2011 and the dirt)

When my five-year-old first saw this on our kitchen table she stopped in her tracks. “Mom, why is that ugly thing in the dirt in the middle of the table?” I explained to her the “ugly thing” was going to grow into a beautiful red flower in time with water and light. And if we were patient, it should bloom right around Valentines Day. Nora looked at me skeptically, but decided to take my word for it adding, “Okay, but it’s pretty ugly right now.”

Beginnings are seldom pretty if you think about it. Whether it be the first time back to the gym, the first strokes of a painting or the first draft of an article. Even a newborn baby gets “prettier” by the day. I’ve been beginning some new paintings and constantly have to remind myself about that part when it looks really bad before it looks good. There have been many, many canvases around here that almost hit the curb before I got past the ugly part.

So I thought my Smith & Hawken bulb kit (purchased at Target for 75% off) was a good reminder for our January table. “Pretty” takes time and attention, but it’s fun to watch grow and imagine the end results. Hang in there. Theses things often bloom sooner than you think.

Filed Under: inspiration


  1. I like this analogy!

    Coincidentally, I have some “ugly” bulbs on my desk that are going to be turning into daffodils & crocuses. In fact, they have already started to bloom!

    lesli — January 10, 2011 @ 6:01 pm
  2. Spring seems so far away right now! My wife starts her bulbs right after Christmas so right now our house is filled pots of them in different places…makes February easier to deal with!

    Dave — January 11, 2011 @ 4:56 pm
  3. Yes, beginnings are not always pretty right away…..enjoyed reading all your new posts! Especially the one with the mittens….we have the same problem but usually finding it in the house, because they are everyday placed somewhere else when they come home and not where they are suppose to go…..
    smiles, Anke ;)

    Anke — January 15, 2011 @ 11:18 am

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