I just saw a play called The Infinite Black Suitcase by E.M. Lewis. In that play, there is a line that goes something like this: “You can plant flowers here…”
Since the play is mostly about death, this statement is in stark contrast to what we just witnessed for an hour. This line speaks about life. Plants represent life and living, letting us know that, though the characters have all just dealt with death, they must go on living.
Flowers are also a sign of hope. I saw hope in the possibility of the characters’ planting new flowers, new seeds of life, a metaphor, perhaps, for all of the lives of the characters who must continue to live abundantly. That is, merely living, after experiencing loss, is not enough. One must live like the flower, displaying one’s beauty for all to see, and recognizing that this loss becomes a time for one to plant something new -- a new beginning.
Even though it has been in the 90’s here in the OC, somewhere else it is snowing. With snow, we find a burial of flowers and vegetables -- of life. As we turn toward a new season of autumn, marked by the coming of Halloween this week, let’s remember that, though the flowers will soon experience a sort of death with winter, they will begin again in the spring. And so can we...
Ms. Summer is a teacher, writer, musician and Spiritual Director/Coach. She has recently embarked upon a weekly podcast called "The Bayat Beat" where 3 generations in her family discuss many deep topics to understand this thing we call life! It is currently being listened to around the world. Check it out if you want to learn more.