About weeds and gardens

About weeds and gardens

So my mum has made a garden at home. It was a lot of work. The place was initially full of stones. So she had to get someone to clear the grounds. It’s even still not done yet. And then, she had to buy the grass and the flowers she wanted to plant.
So she did that. And then came the watering. The place had to be watered twice daily. And honestly, it’s a lot of work. I know…coz I’ve done it.
Then the dogs decided to dig the plants up. It was not funny at all. So she had to get a sort of barricade made for the plants to keep the dogs out. It’s better now but mischievous Poncho (one of the dogs) dug up the carpet grass she had planted. He’s even destroyed some of the cage like things she made for the plants.
It’s not all been doom and gloom. She’s harvested okro from the garden. The grass is a delight to see and after a year, we’ll even have our own plantain. Hurray! And now, some of the plants bloom so beautifully that you can even get flowers for the house. See the pictures below.
Anyway, enough rambling. For me, what has stood out in this whole garden story has been the weeds. They just grow! And keep growing! Whereas, she had to buy the other plants and even not all of them did well, the weeds just grow. And you have to make time to uproot them, other wise they make the garden look messy and I daresay, they take up the nutrients for the plants. That was a very deep lesson for me. Bad habits seem to develop naturally while good habits have to be consciously worked at.
And last one, as a “non regular” member of the garden “workers”, I do not uproot weeds…because frankly, I can’t tell the difference…. especially when they are very little, they seem like the other plants. It is when they grow that you can tell the difference. (Hoping to learn though). This reminds me of the parable of the wheat and the tares. The master allowed them to grow side by side so that when they grow, the difference will be clearly seen.
Question for you and I: what are the things we want to grow in our lives? Are we ready to pay the price?
Angela Azumah Alu, 1/4/17, Legon
On change

On change

On change

Change has happened in Ghana….for good or for bad, we don’t know yet, only that it has happened. But that is not the subject for this article. What is then?

Well, lessons I learnt from the whole election story and how to apply those to my own life. I learnt that sometimes, no matter how things seem stacked against you, when it is just your time…..things will happen for you. I mean remember all the issues NPP has had to deal with from having to suspend their party chair and general secretary to many many other issues. No matter how bad things are, you can still win.

Then I learnt also about not giving up. Nana Addo has wanted to be president for God knows how long. It’s always seemed to elude him….yet by not giving up…at age 72 he finally is. Do I have an option? I’m not even 30 yet….so giving up is not even a question.

About how your opponents can do a lot for you….well, NDC actually did a lot for NPP by all the impunity and the many lies they told. Till it was so bad that even usually “non political” individuals like my friends Esther and Sophia all become very political and really wanted them out. Since many young people felt their intelligence had been insulted too much, they rallied behind the NPP and that made all the difference. Ghana is a youthful nation after all.

I learnt also that even your “world bank” can disappoint you. No one likes to  be taken for granted….as many NDC MPs and the NDC as a whole found out when the results came out. Warning to all democratically elected leaders: if you ignore us, we will vote you out. Same goes for all other leaders. God even promised to come as the Good Shepherd because the leaders had failed his people.

Finally lesson is not just to talk about change but to prepare for it. When you are working toward a goal, know what you will actually do when you get there….so you don’t get it and can’t deliver. On that note, I wish all winners in this election all the best…to the losers, better luck next time (if there is a next time). If not, change has still happened, enjoy it.

Remember, God is the only one who does not change and that is why we are not destroyed. His love and mercy endure forever. Trust in Him alone.


Angela Azumah Alu, 10/12/16


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