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Topic: Garden (09/07/06)
TITLE: Jenny's Weeds
By lynn rodgers
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She raised her gaze from the weeds to her neighbor’s garden. It was spectacular; bluebonnets, tulips, lilies, daffodils, pansies, and roses grew in full bloom without threat of weeds. A sly grin crept across Jenny’s face, what if Ruby’s garden wasn’t so pretty? What if there were a few dandelions? The next Sunday Ruby would be at church all day so Jenny selected her finest weeds, strutted over to her neighbor’s lawn and placed the weeds in the choicest spots. In no time Ruby would be up to her eyeballs in weeds and would come crying to Jenny for help.
A week went by and Ruby was having weed problems just as Jenny thought but she wasn’t satisfied. Ruby was taking care of the weeds herself and Jenny had to replant the weeds. The second Monday after Jenny started planting the weeds Jenny caught the flu and was stuck inside for three days. She stewed over how much more beautiful Ruby’s garden would be when she got better.
On Thursday Jenny went out to check on the weeds and was in complete shock. Ruby’s garden had weeds in it and Ruby was plucking weeds and planting flowers but not in her own garden. Jenny’s garden was almost completely weed free and beginning to look the way she’d always dreamed.
Jenny was not grateful she was mad, her garden looked great and she didn’t fix it. “What are you doing?” she snapped.
“I noticed that you were sick and your garden needed care,” Ruby beamed.
“You’re not mad at me about planting weeds in your garden?” Jenny let it slip. But she was surprised by Ruby’s answer.
“No, weeds aren’t that big of a problem. God created them to just like the flowers we call beautiful. The trick is not to let imperfections to get you down.” Ruby rose and dusted off her pants. “You up for some lemonade?”
“Sure, I guess. But you’ll have to explain to me what in the world you’re talking about.” The two new friends went inside for lemonade and a chat.
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