Life Lessons From the Garden: The Cucumber Plant Oops!

Yesterday, I was removing old and probably diseased leaves from the cucumber plant. In doing so, I discovered a stem close to the base of the plant that had been chewed on. I began removing the damaged portion and to my dismay, I inadvertently removed the whole plant. My heart sank as I realized the trellising cucumber leaves would soon wither and die, along with the young cucumbers. I made a mistake but fortunately, I still have one flourishing cucumber plant remaining and the plant I pulled up did not go to waste. The geese and bunnies at the farm loved the cucumber plant and I enjoyed the crunchy, albeit young cucumbers.

The potential to dwell on this mistake and call myself a terrible gardener existed but instead I chose a learner mindset and chose to reflect on what happened, what my choices were, and what I learned from this experience. There is a similar renewal of the growth mindset taking place in my teaching practice. Friends, I am discovering that one of the beautiful things about being a garden teacher is that as the children and I garden together, we grow together.

Friends, I’d like to share with you one more thing: In a post dated March 29, 2014, I wrote, “You will love teaching again and find fulfillment in the work you do.” Last Friday, the note I placed in my gratitude jar said, “I am thankful for the love shared and felt, and the joy I felt teaching again.” May we find joy and fulfillment in our lives as we continue to connect to our true selves and experience renewal in our hearts and minds. Have a great weekend friends.

Far left: The withering section of the cucumber plant; Upper Left: the cucumbers I harvested and enjoyed; Upper right: the snail eating the stem; Lower right: the bunnies feeding on the cucumber plant.

Far left: The withering section of the cucumber plant; Upper Left: the cucumbers I harvested and enjoyed; Upper right: the snail eating the stem; Lower right: the bunnies feeding on the cucumber plant.

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About Magaly L.

Five Facts About Me: 1. I was born in El Salvador, grew up in NY, and after being in the United States for almost 33 years, I finally became a citizen in 2013. I was super excited when I voted for the first time! 2. My personal favorites: chocolate, desserts, dancing, the beach, leisure travel, reading, juicing, gardening, cooking, spending time with family, and writing. I really do love chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, but any chocolate is better than none. I also love red velvet cupcakes from my favorite bakery in NYC, Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East Side. And I love spending time in nature. There's something so peaceful about listening to the birds or listening to the waves break, that centers me in the present moment and reminds me that Divine order is at work in my life. 3. I come from a large family and I love it! My parents, two brothers, one sister, LOTS of cousins, aunts, uncles, abuelos, and my "gotitas de amor"-my nieces and nephews. 4. I am an educator both by training and at heart. 5. I have been living with PNES (psychogenic non-epileptic seizures) since 2007. Though this condition has been life-altering and challenging to live with at times, it has also led me to a more fulfilling life, strengthening my faith and helping me have the courage to pursue my passions and chase a couple of dreams.
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