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/I October 3, 1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 L bloomers JIM AND ANN CAVERA Columnists Last May our youngest daughter, Laura, dug up a corner of the yard and made a bed for tomato plants for M other s Day. We wanted to encourage such a beautiful gift, and so we bought three plants. The largest one stood two feet tall and had one medium sized green tomato. Nothing like a little insurance for those of us without green thumbs. The second plant was smaller, but had several promising blossoms. Almost as an'afterthought, we ought one sturdy, deep green four-inch plant with no blossoms, just so we could honestly say we actu- ally grew one plant. Soon, the green tomato on the largest plant Wade Funeral Home 119 S. Vine Street, Haubstadt, IN turned red, and though it wasn't very tasty, we ate it. After producing this one measly tomato, that plant promptly withered and dried up. We don't know much about growing tomatoes, but we have seen children who, when forced to overproduce at an early age, often seem to dry up when they get olden Per- haps when children and tomatoes are forced to pro- duce quickly, they have to draw on strength they need for roots and growth. The second plant with all the blossoms ran a mediocre course, and by August a few tomatoes hung from it's skinny branches. Funny thing about that third plant. It grew slowly, putting down roots first, then it outstripped the second plant. Now at the end of the season, it produces abundantly. Our neighbors have tomatoes in their yard; giant bushy plants with fruit billowing in clumps and clus- ters all over the place. They said the tomatoes they tried last year didn't do well at all, and so they had the soil analyzed. That's the trouble with both plants and children. Not only do they have to be watered- and weeded, we have to figure out what they're absorbing through their roots, too. 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Should we cultivate them a little more, try a different type of fertilizer, or simply stand by like a sturdy stake so that they can grab a little support now and then? Sometimes it's hard not to compare our tomatoes or our children with our neighbor's. We keep forgetting that the ones who put down the deepest roots may take the longest to bear the choice. And what about us, Lord? Now that we've pro- duced a few ripe tomatoes, do we let ourselves with- er and dry up? How do we find the energy to keep analyzing the soil, pulling the weeds and pouring on the water so that our tomatoes, our grown children, and even we ourselves can produce the most abun- dant fruit in the autumn of our lives? Jim and Ann Cavera live and work in Evansville. They are the parents of four children, ages 14 to 29. Jim has a master's degree in Social Work and is employed in the Senior Health Center of St. lvlary's Medical Center. He is a permanent deacon at St. Ma'S Church in Evansville. 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