I've been sneaking hugs again. Not just to anyone, but to people OUTSIDE my family.
That's right. I'm tired of all the stipulations the CDC placed on us this year. I get that we're trying to stay healthy and keep the virus from spreading out of control. I get it. But it's been eight months and I'm a people person who needs people and hugs.
And I'm not the only one.
This summer I noticed something about my cucumber vines. Are you confused about how this has anything to do with what I was talking about a minute ago? Stick with me.
The cucumber vines grew everywhere in the little bed we'd planted them. Not only did they take over the small frame we built for them to grow over, but they also grew over into the side with the squash and the other way into the tomatoes and sunflowers. Then, not only did they creep into those spaces, they used the other plants to grow up and support themselves. I had sunflowers being used as a stake for the cucumber vine to cling to.
It made me think about how when we're in desperate need of support, we'll cling to anything to get up and out of the dirt we've been growing in. But, if we don't use the right support, it might hurt us more than helping. Sure, those sunflowers were pretty sturdy near the bottom, but when the vine got higher, up near the super heavy head, both the vine and the flower began to droop and dangle. And when the vine branched out off of the tomato cage onto the tomato plant itself, well, that didn't work very well.
When we cling to whatever we can grab, it might not support us like we need. We've been clinging to fear and caution for months now, and while it's kept the virus numbers down, it's started to have a negative effect on our mental health. So, instead of continuing to follow in those directions, I want to choose to make sure I'm clinging to the One who holds the germ within His hand. Because He'll take care of me, no matter what. And he can take the weight of my vine.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying throw caution completely to the wind. But remember that emotional support is important, too.
What do you think? What are you clinging to?
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