The Beauty of a Moment in the Garden
By Rachel Sharpe
My favorite moments in life have been those spent with my children. One day this past spring, my daughter and I were watering our bushes. With full disclosure, I’ll admit my gardening skills have never been that impressive. Still, I love our little garden and love even more the joy it brings my daughter to watch the flowers bloom.
That particular day, I was preoccupied and didn’t notice the small bee busily working on a petal nearby. But my daughter was taken by him. She spoke with the soft voice she uses when she coos over small babies and cuddly puppies.
“Aww…he loves it!”
I had in that moment an almost epiphany of the significance of such a seemingly insignificant event. One bee pollinating one petal on one bush is not monumental; however, life is made up of such small moments that together, create the big and beautiful tapestry of our existence. In today’s bright, busy, and sometimes harried world, small moments often go unnoticed; yet, these are the exact moments that are worth the time it takes to stop and appreciate them.
As my daughter quietly cherished the beauty of a moment I would have surely missed, I pulled her into my arms and kissed her cheek. She laughed.
“Silly, Mommy,” she giggled, taking the watering can. She started to pour the water around the plant and smiled, suddenly taken by a new moment.
I smiled, too. It was a moment worth noticing.
About the Writer/Gardener
Rachel Sharpe is the author of Cold Ambition, Lost Distinction, Bitter Retribution, and Simple Misconception, all part of the Jordan James, PI series, a mystery series with sweet romance. Although born and raised in the South, “Yankee” relatives first led Rachel to historic New England, which she has come to consider her second home and is the setting for the series.
Rachel currently resides with her husband and children in the Greater New Orleans area where she and her children work together to maintain a simple garden.
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