25 Feb

Way back in October, in a desperate attempt to spruce up my room for Fall Conferences, I bought three potted chrysanthemums. The flowers they bore were a lovely autumnal mix of yellow red and orange and they really gave the classroom a homey feel. I liked them so much that, when conferences were over, I brought home and replanted them in the containers on my front stoop. I expected them to be gone by now

Although it is still Late Winter, Spring conferences happen at the end of this week.   I have been looking at the chrysanthemums that are still in those containers on my front stoop. They are looking a little raggedy.


It is hard to believe that we are almost two-thirds of the way through the school year, but it is a good time for this next round of conferences because the sixth graders are a bit raggedy, too. They are tired. They have discovered their social lives. I am not as interesting as I used to be. Maybe I am a bit raggedy, too.

I’d been thinking about pulling out the chrysanthemums and planting something more alive. But if you lean in a little closer, your heart will stir.

Little leaves are spouting on the old growth. And a tiny flower will soon bloom close to the soil. Instead of pulling them up, I think I might prune away the dead and dying bits so the new growth has room to grow.

I guess that is a bit what Spring conferences are about – pruning away what is in the way so students can bloom.

7 Responses to “Sprouting”

  1. Lakshmi Bhat February 25, 2020 at 6:55 am #

    It is always a joy to see the birth of new life.

  2. dcwlor@gmail.com February 25, 2020 at 11:49 am #

    What a lovely post!


  3. Lisa Corbett February 25, 2020 at 2:27 pm #

    I love this little metaphor! Spring is all about renewal. Sometimes at this point in the year I feel like so much time has passed and where has it gotten us? Then I remember that there is still so much of the year left in which to accomplish more!

  4. Susan Kennedy February 25, 2020 at 2:52 pm #

    We just have to look closely to see the growth. Here’s to fresh blooms.

  5. arjeha February 25, 2020 at 3:12 pm #

    Sometimes when we need it most nature has a way of surprising us and giving us the lift we need.

  6. glenda funk February 25, 2020 at 4:23 pm #

    This is a lovely slice w/ a fragrant reminder we all need a little pruning now and then so we have room to grow. I hope the conferences go well so the kids can bloom anew, too.

  7. Emily Culbertson February 25, 2020 at 5:59 pm #

    Ah, SPRING! It is on your doorstep, literally! What a fun post! I’m feeling the need to do some pruning. Don’t we all need it at times?

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