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Topic: Vines (11/21/05)
- TITLE: Distraction's Price
By Jeffrey Snell
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Dear Mom and Dad,
Hi, how's the landscaping biz going? Wish there wasn't such a long drive between us. Remember the flower bed underneath my bedroom window? I planted hyacinth and daffodil bulbs there. There's some kind of viney weed poking up between the sprouting bulbs. I'm not sure what it is, so I thought I'd ask you if I need to worry about it. I'll email another pic when I can.
Great to hear from you! Yes, we remember. That part of your property has great potential! It will be marvelous once it matures and fills in a bit. Regarding the vine, we're not sure. It doesn't sound like it belongs there, though.
Anyway, how is church going? We love you!
The picture is attached. In the last three days, the weed has grown about six inches. Another few inches and it will be the same height as the flowers. It's kind of pretty, though. I'm thinking about just leaving it. Maybe it will enhance the rest of the flower bed? Let me know what you think.
Church is fine.
Hi Honey, got your email yesterday morning. The flowers look lovely! We didn't recognize the weed, but you should yank it out. You want to be careful not to uproot the other flowers, but some damage may be unavoidable if it's grown much past what we see in your photo. Better than leaving it, though!
Still teaching Sunday School? Isn't it wonderful to be teaching the God's word to teenagers? You're making a terrific difference in their lives! We're so proud of you.
I'm not so sure it's a weed. We've had sunny days, and the vine is climbing the wall outside my room. It's really quite beautiful. It has blossoms coming, too! It's weaving around the other flowers, but I can't bring myself to pull it out quite yet. Might end up being prettier than what I planted, who knows?
About church... actually, I quit Sunday School back in April. I just didn't have time to make the lessons anymore. I really haven't been to church much since then.
Sorry to bother you with the weed question; I'm not worried about it anymore! Write back whenever.
Tried to call after reading your email, but there was no answer. Is everything okay? Sorry to hear about Sunday School--those kids will miss you. You should reconsider! God gave you gifts for a reason! And you need to get back to church!
Dad and I did some research, and we think we've identified your weed. Can't pronounce it, and I'm not going to write it--it's too long! It's invasive and will eventually kill the other plants by choking off their water supply. It can also damage the house if you leave it. You should really bring in a professional at this point to remove it. Here's a link to a place Dad knows not too far from your house. Hopefully this won't destroy all your hard work!
Please go back to church. The Lord loves you. We do too.
Dear Mom and Dad,
Well I've got some major problems now. The blooms on the vine had a nice smell, but it was really wrapping around my bulb flowers. Now they're nearly dead, and the vine is past the window and almost to my eaves! How did I let this go so long? I tried cutting part of it off, but it was like cutting cable with scissors. When I pulled it away, it left nasty grooves and holes in my siding, so now I have to replace several boards. The guy you recommended said the only fix is to uproot it, let it die, then gradually pull it off the siding. If it's into the roof, this could be costly. Ugh! Looks like you were right. I'm sorry, I should have listened to you.
By the way, I am thinking about what you said about Sunday School and church. I'm still not sure where I'll find the time... please pray for me, okay? And I would really love to have you guys come spend a week or two here real soon. After I get my house fixed, that is!
We'll be there tomorrow to help. We love you.
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