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What is in a label?

posted Jan 9, 2017, 6:31 AM by Sharon Thoner
         Once upon a time, there was a woman named Matilda.  Her husband, Harold, had given her two exotic plants for their anniversary.  One plant was labeled and had the appropriate instructions for care; the other, equally exotic and beautiful, had no name nor instructions.
          Matilda took care of the plants to the best of her ability, for they represented the deep love she and her husband shared.  Day after day, she nurtured them.  She closely followed the instructions enclosed with the one plant; and, since she was uncertain how to care for the other, she followed the same instructions for it.
           The plant that had been labeled thrived and grew increasingly lush as each day passed; but, the plant that remained without a name became more and  more sparse and pale with each passing day.
            Matilda called the local extension office and found they could indeed help her if she knew what type of plant it was.  The lady on the other end of the phone explained that some plants need lots of water, while others need little; some need sun, and others wilt if placed in the least bit of sun; some love acidic soil, while others thrive in alkaline soil.
            Matilda was distraught.  She didn't know what kind of plant she had, and feared that it would be lost before she could find out.  She tried and tried to find out what the plant was, but failed at every step.
            One day, a botanist happened to come to town.  Matilda wass delighted to finally find someone that could identify her plant.  In fact, the botanist could not only tell her what kind of plant she had, but how to revive it to its normal state.
            Matilda followed the directions the botanist provided and the plant not only survived, but it grew lusher and greener than any other plant she had. 
                      Our children are very much like these plants:  Some need lots of nurturing, some need lots of space, some need special handling, each learns at his own pace.      Sharon Thoner