Last year, I planted a batch of red onions in the middle of our raised vegetable garden, but they were a complete failure as a crop. At the end of the season, I thought I’d ripped them all out of the soil. But this afternoon, I found one sprouting after surviving our long Illinois winter. Thoroughly impressed with its resiliency, I posted the photo to Facebook.
Soon afterward, I received a comment: “Thank you so much for the vicarious gardening. I’ve had some frustrating health issues the past several months, and your posts really do improve my outlook and make me feel like I am not missing everything. Many, many thanks.”
This comment arrived in the same week that several people have asked me about my reasons for blogging here at From the Soil, and each time I spoke of my passion for sharing my perspective on plants and the people that grow them. I’ve always felt that each of us has a unique and valuable view of the world that we should share with others. Sometimes we educate. Sometime we inspire. Sometimes we heal.
In the end, we share ourselves with others so that — in some way we could never imagine — we make their lives just a little bit better. It’s why we’re here.