Of the many plants we tend in our garden, this fern has been around the longest. In fact, it is the only plant that has lived with us in a number of homes and gardens of all kinds and in different places. When we lived in an old Victorian house in the town both Joe and I grew up in, I found this plant in a garage sale. That was in 1981! So for over 30 years now, this fern has endured! In the 1980’s, it moved with us twice. When our family moved to California, then within a year to Indonesia, I left it in my sister’s care. When we came back to the U.S. in 1992, she gave it back to me! It has endured drought, hurricane force winds, various divisions and repotting. What stories have surrounded these fronds that keep on growing and greening! I guess you could call it a faithful fern. It lasts. It keeps on keeping on!
That is why it reminds me of the people in my life I am blessed to call friend, those who through many years and over distances of many miles and circumstance are still part of my life, outlasting storms and dry spells. I am grateful for fern and friends and the faithfulness of God in His provision and sustaining of that which keeps plants and relationships alive, enduring, and growing.
The new is always exciting, but there is something so special about the people and things that have weathered life’s storms with us. Thanks for the lovely reminder.