…my camera gave to me,
Ten grasses a-flowering.
Grass is to the earth like hair is to a human.
We pluck it out here; groom it carefully over there.
We chop it off here; let it go long and admire the affects over there.
We like it soft and lush; don’t like it coarse and sparse.
We wish it would grow here; don’t like that it grows there.
It’s healthiness is directly linked to the water and kind of nutrients it’s been fed.
We take it for granted until it’s thinning, or gone—and only then do we realize how valuable it actually was.
When I was thinking about the things that are quintessential to summer for this project, I knew that grass needed to be featured at some point. It’s one of those humble, hardworking, common plants that gets trod on and passed by every day without much thought on our part, paling in the limelight of showier, more popular plant relatives—but for once I’d like to change that. While you’re out stopping to smell the roses, why not stop to notice the grass, too? I mean, look at all those pretty little pink stamens on that timothy grass! There’s a world of underappreciated variety awaiting your delight.
And while you’re at it, why not take the time to think of something (or someone!) else in your life that you might be taking for granted—and pause for a minute to express true appreciation and gratefulness?
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)