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Stories By Joey: Growing Up, But Plants Are Timeless

Stories By Joey

It’s startling how quickly time passes. One minute you are celebrating Christmas and New Year’s and then all of a sudden, you’ve rip-roared through five months. Time does fly. When I think of the 1990’s, sometimes it seems like it was just a few years ago, and then I find myself shocked to realize it’s actually been a few decades. If you’re my age and you really want to feel the time warp, the Smashing Pumpkins released their hit song 1979 in 1995. If released today, the song would be titled 2006. My apologies for both the math and for everyone in my age group that I just made feel a little old.

Anyways, what really got me thinking about time was when I was working on our Life Lived Outside newsletter for our garden center. For that newsletter, I always create an audio version and our sign off is ‘Happy Gardening, The Kerby’s Nursery Family’. Three years ago, I had our girls Abby and Maddy record it for me. The other day when I was working on the recording, the girls overheard them saying the sign off and their immediate response was ‘We sound like babies.’ And they weren’t wrong. In three years, their voices have changed dramatically, so I let them re-record it and they sure do sound more grown up.

They may be happy with their new voices, but I’m kind of sad. In the same way that this year has charged ahead and the decades have begun to slip by, Abby and Maddy are showing no signs of slowing their growing. Each day they get a little older and hopefully a little wiser. I’m not sure I’m ready for the tween and teen years, but they will be here soon and there is nothing I can do but embrace the fact that they are growing up. Sometimes it feels like I am just along for the ride.

No matter what age you are and how you feel about it, plants can always make you smile. 

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