While writing this, I tried to avoid falling back on overused garden quotes, but there are two that truly feel appropriate.
Mother Teresa is attributed with saying, "Bloom where you are planted." My daughter is a like a hothouse orchid, exotic and pampered and blooming only with patience and time. We planted her under perfect conditions, and we tended to her every need.
But she's also a handful of wildflower seeds, creating color and light along the highway, in the corners where nothing else will bloom, with little care and a strong will to spread a little bit of joy. She's a survivor, and she's risen above the weeds.
The other quote comes from Southern journalist Hodding Carter II: "There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings."
We've helped with the roots. They are strong and deep in the red clay of West Virginia. Now, it's time for you to fly off to Virginia to your own greener pastures.
I love you, Emma.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.