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The Life of a Seed Tossed by the Wind.

Updated on March 2, 2019
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I have been writing stories since my children were little. I included them in the stories and they learned to read and love it.

The seed begins in the foundation of a house where the gentle wind has dropped it.
The seed begins in the foundation of a house where the gentle wind has dropped it. | Source

In the Beginning

The seed falls towards the earth from it's mother plant. The cold wind of fall picks it up and tosses it from rock to sand, from dirt to walls. It finally lands against a tiny crevasse in the foundation of an old house and slides deep down into the darkness. Snow soon follows falling to the earth and covering the tiny hole blocking out the sun. The tiny seed sleeps and dreams of what it might become when it awakens. When the spring comes, it melts the snow dripping cool refreshing water onto the tiny seed. The seed stirs from its slumber.. Sun peeks into the tiny hole and the seed, asleep for so very long, begins to waken and sprout.

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The Warmth of the Spring

The warming spring air, once more asserting itself, causes the seed to send sprouts of green slowly seeking through the moist darkness for light and heat of the sun. With moisture gained from the melting snow, the sprouts climb higher and higher, ever reaching and climbing.

Once through the opening, the shoots gain strength from the sunlight and wriggle through whatever obstacle stands in their way. Through tiny openings in the foundation, under wooden frames and into the cracked wooden sides of windows the shoots slowly maneuver. All through the summer months the shoots wriggle. They grow in size and length, determined to show that they are stronger than even the house under which their roots lay.

Slowly the vine creeps out of the crack seeking warmth and sunlight.
Slowly the vine creeps out of the crack seeking warmth and sunlight. | Source

Then the Summer Ends

The cold begins once more, slowly, subtly. The vines that have survived despite the huge obstacles placed before them now slow down their seeking. As the cold grows, the sap in the vines sink back to the place of its origin to rest. The fall winds remind them that life must sleep to be strong. The cold wind enters the narrow hole occasionally until the snow finally covers it with a blanket of white.

Winter, though cold and harsh, might not reach the seed's roots where they lay deep in the ground. The roots are actually protected by the obstacle they had fought all summer as they struggled to grow. They were protected during last winter and once more as the cold increases. Life or death remains in limbo until the winter winds die down and the snow begins to melt once more.

The cold makes the sap of the vines seek shelter in the roots nourished beneath the house.
The cold makes the sap of the vines seek shelter in the roots nourished beneath the house. | Source

Spring and Life Begins Anew....

As before, the sun warms the ground causing it to thaw. The dormant, life giving sap begins to run through vines that had dried and withered in the cold of winter. The sap gains strength as the sun adds more warmth to the vines. New shoots replace those that had died. Once more life moves from the roots inside the wall to the vines. They grow stronger and once more begin to encircle the house under which their roots reside. With renewed energy, the vines shoot into open air allowing the wind to move them and twist them in the hopes of grabbing onto a new surface. Slowly the vines grow, working their way to the free open sky and the vast store of sunlight that resides there. If one is very very patient, one might just see the tips of the vines dancing for joy in the bright sunlight as they grow ever longer.

The vines seem to feed on the very wood of the house as they grow with renewed strength.
The vines seem to feed on the very wood of the house as they grow with renewed strength. | Source

Summer Creeps Into Fall

The vines grow strong through the summer. Strong and vibrant, they push and shove against whatever might be in their way. They crawl under the siding. They twist into the walls. They squirm their way back out through the upper window frame. They gather the sun through the window. They are ever seeking, ever reaching, ever stretching for that sunlight and freedom. With freedom, they seek for more items on which to crawl. More things to use as a holding medium. More ways to grow their bright flowers and entice the bees to pollinate before fall comes to whisk away the seeds and slow the sap, once more putting the roots into a long winter sleep.

The flowers dance in the warm sunlight.
The flowers dance in the warm sunlight. | Source

The Cycle Continues

Years have passed and the vine, once a tiny seed blown about by the wind, now waves its arms proudly above the roof of the house where it has taken residence. Its shoots have twisted and crawled their way into and out of the very house itself seeking the life giving rays of the sun. The flowers bob and dance in the gentle wind of summer and ride out the warm summer storms. Though the cold of the winter still freezes the sap within the vines causing sleep for many weeks, the sun brings out a vibrant, living beauty that sways in the spring breezes and brings about green leaves and bright flowers for the summer enjoyment of all who see it. When the cold wind of fall touches the vines, their own seeds are released. They are bounced and blown in the wind until they, by chance, find a safe place to sleep out the winter, and begin a new life in the spring.

The years pass and the vines grow far along the walls before falling into sleep once more.
The years pass and the vines grow far along the walls before falling into sleep once more. | Source

© 2012 Cheryl Simonds

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    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      14 months ago from Connecticut

      Thank you, Laurie, I appreciate it.

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      Laurie S Novak 

      14 months ago from Michigan

      I loved following your little seed to maturity and beyond. Very descriptive. Enjoyed very much!

    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Mel Carriere, thank you so much . We do get a lot of those vines. They seem to like brick more than wood, but I found this one growing inside and outside the building. Really thought that one was unusual.

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      Mel Carriere 

      6 years ago from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado

      I am fascinated by these vines and how they seem to live in a symbiotic relationship with the houses that they cover. We don't get a lot of ivy here in Southern California, but those ivy festooned buildings of the east are lovely to look at. Great hub!

    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      kj force-I think it is because so many people aren't interested in plants and growing things. I wish more would read this, it might make them stop-just for a moment-and actually see what is happening around them everyday.

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      kjforce 

      7 years ago from Florida

      cherylone...I can't believe there are not more comments...you have described from birth to adulthood, as when the seed expands and is determined to reach it's potential..a PLANT.

      This is how I see Life, as a struggle to survive amongst ALL the " quirks " ...hybrids and flowers may give up BUT the

      " WEED " will move forward, regardless.. becoming stronger with each obstacle.." long live the weed "..

      awesome job...kudos

    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you so much Ictodd1947 for your words of encouragement. I love the phrase: "Just for today, I will keep doing what I have been doing until I see the light to do something else." Thank you!

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      Linda Todd 

      9 years ago from Charleston

      You certainly have a way with words. Love it, keep going and nothing but good can come with your efforts. "Just for today, I will keep doing what I have been doing until I see the light to do something else."

    • cherylone profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl Simonds 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      @Katrine, thank you for your kind words. I took the pictures and the story just flowed from there.

      @Dee, thank you for the vote and the kind words.

      @Rani, thank you, yes plants are resilient and I had to write about this one.

      Thank you all for stopping by and reading my story.

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      Rani Singh 

      9 years ago from Australia

      This was a nice story. I've often marveled at the resilience of the plants in my garden, the way they sprout up in unexpected places. Your prose captured this triumph really well

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      Dee42 

      9 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      So beautiful, and unique. I loved it. Voted up.

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      KatrineDalMonte 

      9 years ago

      This is really nice..I never thought the life of a seed tossed by the wind could be described in such detail from the tiny seed to a full grown plant. You made it into a lovely story. Voted up and awesome.

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