According to my old encyclopedia, the word vine usually means a plant that has a weak and flexible stem requiring some kind of support. Some vines can climb walls, trellises, or other plants, while others creep along the ground. Some have tendrils which wind around their support, and others have disks which cling to the object which they are climbing.
You can see those little disks on this vine, holding onto the painted wood like suction cups, spread out like the fingers on your hand. Something about this image really speaks to me, but since I took this at the beginning of the month I have not been able to really understand why. Today I think I have a better insight into that.
This vine gets its strength by being connected through those little finger like projections. Each little disk attached to that wall makes it that much stronger. If you have ever tried to remove an old vine from a wall you’ll understand just how strong a grip all these little connectors have.
We all long for connection. Sometimes, even if surrounded by family and friends, we may be challenged to find those we really feel close to, who understand us, love us for who we are, and support us, maybe share that cup of coffee with us now and then. I’m talking about friendships that build us up, that make us better people, that make us stronger in a spiritual sense. I think we have all been blessed now and then with those friends who do just that…people who touch our lives in beautiful ways.
We need each other. Plain and simple. We need to push back from the computer desk and call that friend who is always there for us and spend some time together. Or take a walk in the park or around the block and just share the fresh air together.
Because each time we do something that reinforces that connection we are all made stronger. Life is a little more bearable when shared.