Feb 2, 2012

“Mommy, why do they chop off those roses’ heads?”

My 6 year old daughter stopped and looked at these pruned bushes on the way to the playground at Garfield Park.

“Well, I think it’s supposed to make them grow,” I said.
“But they were growing before just fine,” she said.
“I’m not sure what the point is,” I said. “It’s just something that gardeners do to make the rose bushes look more groomed. They cut off the dead leaves and flowers.”
I really didn’t have any idea what I was talking about.
“But what if the rose bushes wanted to keep those dead leaves and flowers? It’s not like the wind wouldn’t knock them off. Or the rain. Who cares if they are a little messy?”
“I guess the gardeners want it to look a certain way.”
She lingered for a moment and then sighed.
“I get it, Mommy,” she said. “They just want to make them bloom the way they want them to do it. Not the way the bushes want to do it. Grown ups always do crazy stuff like that.”
(Yes, yes they do.)

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