Good Day, God!
We went to island of Kauai last week for my wonderful husband Kit to run a half marathon. While we getting our rental car I saw an ad for the Allerton Gardens. WOW! The ad featured a couple standing in the midst of tree roots. BIG ROOTS. I love trees! I love BIG trees and so Sequoia is one of my favorite national parks. But while I’ve seen big trees — I hadn’t seen BIG ROOTS like these on the Moreton Bay fig tree. I was curious.
So, after Kit had finished the half marathon on Kauai — (first of one!) in his 80-84 age group with a good time of 2:44 — he was more than happy to take me to see the gardens. Gardens are alway a delight! That someone has cared so much for a variety of plants — for their beauty or for their curiousness — is somehow a good thing. And, with plants — unlike with wild animals — one doesn’t feel the sadness of an imprisoned life. Although, these trees — like wild animals — would create problems if they escaped due to the arrival of the Right Pollinator. Apparently, they crowd out all other competing trees or plants. Hmm.
Looking at this photo of myself, dwarfed by the roots of the tree, I saw myself reframed. This was initially because of the size difference. But, after looking again I saw the juxtaposition of Plant with Animal. A long lived but immobile plant and a shorter lived but mobile animal. I shall not get into sentient or not because . . . who knows?
My last thought on the varieties of perspective was how just yesterday I was reminded of Madeliene L’Engle’s book A Wind in the Door.
In this book, L’Engle says size doesn’t matter. I wonder if we will ever understand the power of that statement?
She has peopled the book with Gigantic Cherubim and tiny mitochondria. The young hero is ill because of problems in his mitochondria. Her book was written in the 1960s and You must have helped her, God. Now the medical world is tracing many of our illnesses to unhealthy mitochondria. I’m thinking Dr. Wahl’s book on how she overcame MS and others.
The mitochondria are so small that in our key organs (brain, eyes, etc.) there may be 10,000 mitochondria in each cell.
But, enough. This is way too many words and thoughts for one blog. But, then everything is connected to everything else . . . so on and on my mind goes.