Consider a seed. Perhaps you recall scooping them out of pumpkins, tangled up in slimy orange flesh. Or maybe the trendy superfood chia seed comes to mind. Did you know that oats and rice are both seeds?
Right now, countless seeds are forming inside their maternal plants. Countless others are sitting silently in the earth. Safe in a tiny embryo, dry, protected, and with plenty of food. They wait for the perfect combination of water, warmth, and surroundings before they can begin the dangerous task of growing.
Several decades into my life, I am still in awe as I plant seeds and watch their first shoots poke up out of the soil. The seeds are tiny or quite large, but they all seem distinctly not alive in their dry, hard shells. And then, those delicate first leaves unfurl, and you start to get a feel for all the power contained withinn the seemingly lifeless pods.
I hope you feel the excitement too, of seeds stirring, of life preparing for warmer air. Greet those shoots, those buds on the trees, and the bright yellow greens that emerge. It’s the best time of the year.
This month on thesciencecafe.com:
On the Subject of Science by Elsa Anderson
Under the Lens: Kimberly Attebury by Lillian Perez
Review: Half Earth by Elsa Anderson
Getting the Most out of Mendeley by Cathy Lantz