Last summer, I planted this fuschia in a pot in the yard. I kept watering it and plying it with Miracle-Gro, and it … barely grew. I hardly got a bud all summer.
Then, over fall and winter, I basically ignored it. (Primroses excepted, I ignored the yard in general, as the weeds will bear witness.) But last week, I happened to go out on the patio and there was the fuschia: twice as tall as it used to be, twice as wide, and blooming with beautiful bell-like flowers.
I think there must be a message here somehow, one that applies to parenting as well as gardening: Too much attention can backfire, sometimes. Maybe sometimes things need to be left to their own devices, to grow and bloom quietly, nourished by rain and sun and other things from above.
Is there anything in your life that you should step away from for a while?