There are many types of love and most everyone has either felt love or actively been in love. Yet we take love at face value as just a feeling while never delving deeper. If a curious soul desires to look deeper into the heart, you will find where love develops. Inside of the heart is a garden. The garden is attached to the soul which makes every garden unique to their person. Each garden tells its tale of love and all of the adventures it has gone on. Love leaves its mark on the garden, whether good or bad. The garden is a novel, a photograph, an expression.
On the outside, its not obvious what a person has gone through or experienced. A happy, bubbly person who never seems to have a rainy day might have the most scarred heart and experienced extreme heartache. The garden matches and expresses the truth that the outer facade cannot show.
The garden starts in full bloom at birth. As they grow and go through the stages of life, the garden continues to flourish and bloom. Once a person experiences their first heart break, the garden has its first earthquake. Every heartbreak leaves a visual mark on the garden and that is one reason people say you always remember your first love. After heart break the flowers wilt, the soil cracks, and the patterns are disrupted.
As they move on and begin healing, so will the garden. The garden will begin flourishing until it is fully healed once more, except for the roses and the cracks. The roses will wait to bloom when the next adventure in love begins.
The next love interest appears and the garden slowly returns to full bloom. Until the next heartbreak. Then the next, over and over, the cycle of love and heartbreak repeats until they can take no more. The garden has no pattern left and hundreds of scars in the soil. Most of the flowers are dead, the remaining wilted. The roses were burnt to a crisp in the last heartbreak. All hope is lost and the garden visualizes that sentiment. All of the flowers have bloomed, even the back up bulbs. Or so they thought.
They have met another love interest, but they don’t know that this is *the* love interest. They start as friends and both the person and their garden have no hope, so they decide that love is off the table. Neither of them know of the daisy waiting patiently under the surface biding its time until the right one came along. As time passes, the bulb begins to bloom. The lone daisy grows to full bloom as the two begin to become closer.
At full bloom, the daisy gives both the garden and their person new hope. The garden uses this hope and the daisy begins healing once more. When the garden is healed the best that it can, the person will open up to love again. Time continues to pass and the garden creates a new pattern to fill in the gaps with the daisies. They had found love again and the garden was in full bloom for good.
Everyone experiences love and heartbreak. We are constantly reminded of the adventures we take and they leave their mark on us. The garden can and will tell our stories for us while holding its history close. The growing and healing process is just as significant as the adventures you go on.
Rowan Anners, 2020