Sunflower Seeds

Our new renters move in to the yellow house on Friday.

I went to get the last of the pictures down, and Nathan will bring five tomorrow to pick up my trees and let him say goodbye to the old house.

They are garden people, they say, and picked our house for the garden.

I am leaving it for them.

It’s not like I can take it with me.

I do have seeds, all my seeds from the last harvest.

I can start over, in little bits, as mostly I am growing children right now.

But these sunflower seeds? All I have to do is scatter them. And it’s almost time.

And this keychain of mom’s is the last thing to go. I needed to take it last, to let it be done, to do it quietly and consciously.

And so it is, a final goodbye as our temple date approaches, and a brand new start as seeds go into the ground.

Blessings upon us all.


About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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