It’s 4 am where I am. As you can tell, I am not asleep. My back and hips have roused me from my slumber to announce: “Hey, lady, we’re sore!” My stomach joined in with an additional complaint: “I need banana cake!”. Fine then, body parts. I’ve paced the kitchen a few times for the back and hips and eaten two slices of my Mama’s banana loaf and now I am completely and utterly awake. Great.
The root cause of all this wakefulness is that I am currently 41 weeks pregnant and the body is getting antsy and uncomfortable. I know it sounds like a whinge, but I’m not really moaning, it’s just the way things go. And, as far as things go, this pregnancy has been amazing. Comfortable and happy, I really have been blessed beyond belief. Finally we are now in the home stretch and we are just waiting….and waiting….and waiting…to meet our little one.
It seems like no coincidence that my daughter’s current book du jour happens to be The Carrot Seed. I love this book. It’s a classic tale of perseverance and faith. A young boy plants a carrot seed and everyone around him doubts it will grow. He weeds, he waters, and he waits. I think you can guess at the ending. The story is simple and so are the illustrations. It has weathered fads and trends to still be a favourite after all these years, first published in 1945, and is no less relevant today than it was then. Well…except, perhaps, for the illustration of the father, who is smoking a pipe?!
This is a book that makes you feel hopeful. It’s not just for children. In fact it should probably be on every side table (especially in waiting rooms where the wait is long and patience is short?!) It’s hopeful. It’s plain and unfanciful. It says ‘hang in there’, without getting too sugary about it. It’s uplifting. You can’t help but cheer the boy on – “Don’t listen to your brother!” It’s exactly what a person needs at 4am. Whether he / she is awake because of work worries, family worries or money worries; body aches or heart aches or head aches. It reminds us that our job is to water the soil. Water the soil and weed the plant and one day…that seed is going to sprout….