Dawn's Awakening

March 25, 2011

Four Small, Red Bricks

Four Small, Red Bricks


When I was a wee one,

About four years old or so,

My folks had a beautiful garden

On the south side of our rock house.

Everything grew tall and strong –

From white Dinner Plate Dahlias to

Sweet, yellow NK-199 corn.

I was mesmerized by it all!


One day, I asked my father

If I could plant my own garden.

He said that it was okay with him.

So, on the outside of the garden fence,

Four small, red bricks outlined

My very first vegetable garden.

I planted one carrot seed,

And one radish seed.


With love and water, they soon sprouted.

Each day, my mom would set me by my garden,

And I would look after them.

From nothing to something, they became,

And I was excited to see the green tops.

I asked her, “When will they be ready?”

She told me that I would have to decide.

What a decision! It was tricky, too!


For while I could see the leafy tops,

I did not know how big the roots had become.

When I decided that it was time,

I pulled them both.

I was proud of my first crop,

Even though from adults eyes,

My carrot was forked,

And my radish was pithy!


Gardening is still in my blood.

I am happiest when I see new, spring shoots

Peeking out from the sleepy, winter ground,

And I know that the world is coming alive.


2011 © Dawn L. Huffaker

All rights reserved.


  1. In finding that we can act in tune with nature and stimulate growth, we find ourselves becoming becoming one with it as well.

    Comment by Ed Roberts — March 26, 2011 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your comment, Ed! Very true! It is like our compass. We are guided to the next phase and the next one in our lives.

      Comment by Dawn Huffaker — March 29, 2011 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

  2. Lovely Dawn:) I think we all can relate to this one:)

    Comment by Chase Von — March 26, 2011 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  3. You have perfectly captured was is so captivating about gardening – planting, nurturing, and eying the results of growing new life with a sense of deep satisfaction. Spring is such a special season – I can’t wait to get started in my garden. Thanks for reminding me of what’s so wonderful right now.

    Comment by Candace — March 28, 2011 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your comment, Candace! Spring is such a special time of year, and I am glad that you are able to work in your garden very soon. 🙂

      Comment by Dawn Huffaker — March 29, 2011 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

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