The damp soil is cool against my skin as I work the cluster of roots. My motions are timid – I fear damaging something so fragile – but Grandma works with inspiring vigor to give the petunias a proper home. I watch as she pulls the cramped roots apart, treasuring the process, before lowering each flower into its seasonal home. Her practiced hands are fluid grace, yet her labor is far from dainty. All around, green life springs forth, much to the thanks of her loving persistence. Baby ferns uncoil from the shaded earth. Rose bushes bud and bloom, painting the garden in pale yellows and vibrant reds. Azaleas burst with pink petals, glowing with brightness amidst browns and greens. I smile as Grandma works, methodical and silent, and bring my attention back to the petunias in my hands.



Deana Lisenby is a graduate from Texas A&M University with a degree in Kinesiology. She currently works as a wellness manager at a high-end retirement community in Dallas, TX. She is a certified yoga teacher, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor. In her free time, Deana enjoys reading, writing, and spending time outdoors with her husband, son, and two dogs. You may follow her writing journey on Twitter @deana_kay_2013.