Not Quite Done with Acorns: Another Lesson

September 19, 2012

“It is idle, having planted an acorn in the morning, to expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of the oak.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Wind, Sand and Stars

Acorns from a red oak tree

I don’t know what it is about acorns this year.  I seem to be focusing on them more than ever before.

Today’s quote about acorns speaks to the qualities of patience and faith.  And it makes me think about what acorns I have planted — certainly parenting is planting acorns.  We do our best, and despite our flaws and missteps and outright mistakes, we pray fervently that our children will be all right in the long run.  We have faith in our children.

What other acorns have I planted?  I trust that my investment in education and my experiences building skill sets will serve me well the rest of my working life.  Perhaps I’m even resting too much on my laurels in this area of my life.

The acorns I am planting now have more to do with committing to art — photography, watercolor painting, writing for my blog.  Who knows if, long term, these pursuits will grow into anything so recognizable as an oak tree.  It is so easy to become derailed by doubt.

The lessons of the acorn:  Patience.  Faith.

Watercolor sketch of acorns and leaves from a red oak tree





5 Responses to “Not Quite Done with Acorns: Another Lesson”

  1. Beverly Ann Morrow Says:

    Rosemary: You blog and art is superb, excellent, natural and so addicting to me. I love your work and you quotes to think about. If only I could be half as successful as you. I am in the market to purchase a new camera and would like to know what you use. I like some of the unusual things you do with your pictures. I would be honored to meet you sometime and talk. If you would let me know your camera make and model, I will be forever grateful. My email is
    I plan on visiting the Miller Library to view your work today as I will be there for a MG class on Creating Rain gardens in Seattle. Thanks again for just being you. Bev Morrow-Redmond, WA

  2. Lorena Christie Says:

    Rosemary, I have never been a part of a blog before.
    Your art, thoughtful quotes all serve as an inspiration to me.
    I am grateful to you, you make a difference in my life.
    LC Port Townsend, WA.

    • Rosemary Says:

      I am grateful for your support. Thanks for your comment. It is very affirming.

      • Lorena Christie Says:

        Rosemary, with your interest in plants I think you might like the book, For all the tea in China, Sarah Rose, non-fiction, adventures of Robert Fortune, the great plant hunter.

  3. shoreacres Says:

    I love the way so much in nature often resembles something else. I looked at your acorns and saw – figs! And the quotation is delightful. We’re such impatient people!

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