Tend the Garden

Originally posted on Storyshucker:
A longtime friend commented during dinner that her next door neighbor’s son was on the path to nowhere and constantly in trouble. She thought herself clever referring to him as “a weed in the garden of life”. Although an avid fan of barbed words and wit, I found her comment harsh directed at a kid who was barely a teenager. He was dismissed and labeled as worthless. A weed. “But maybe he’s a pokeweed!” I said in a positive tone. She rolled her eyes. I recognized the look of resignation on her face. The look many… Continue reading Tend the Garden