Sorry this is so late in the day!
Summer is here and I have been busy all spring planting, weeding, and feeding all my new plants, caring for them and encouraging them to grow. They’ve come in beautifully, mostly. I noticed the other day that one of my potted plants that had been doing well originally was beginning too wither and fall behind similar already transplanted plants. When I pulled the plant out of plot I saw that I had waited too long to transplant it and the roots were becoming bound and choking each other off. I transplanted it into the ground and gave it more room to grow and boy has it grown!
Living in the deep south and being a transplant I’ve had opportunities and room to grow but I’ve also seen how root bound many in the south are. Cutting themselves off from the opportunity to grow and slowly choking on their roots until they become weak and unable to support life. They are unable and unwilling to ‘transplant’ themselves and continue to grow. The south is, after, rooted deeply in tradition. I’ve seen the negative effects of being root bound, I’ve even been on the receiving end of these effects. It’s not pretty!
I've also seen how wonderful it is when you can stretch yourself, push yourself, soak up new things. You'll grow faster than you imagined!
So, are we allowing ourselves to become root bound? Or are we transplanting ourselves, stretching out our roots and soaking up new soil and nutrients and growing in the process?
I hope so! I hope to be stretching myself, searching for new food, both in my writing and in my life and I hope all of you are too!