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Saturday, 22 April 2017

#AtoZChallenge - 4-21-2017 - Letter R

R for Roots

It starts out as a radicle, anchoring the baby seed. Slowly but surely, it finds its way into the ground. It senses gravity and is bound to growing downwards, in search of water and nutrients for the seedling. They call it geotropism, or gravitropism.

As the plant grows, the root does too, or perhaps it is the other way around. It puts out more roots, or finer ones, almost hair-like, spreading over the area to pick up the minutest bits of minerals that the plant can make use of.  Its job is to stay below ground (in most cases!) and provide a strong foundation for the plant. It has to protect the plant against high winds and torrential rains.

We start out as radicals, asking, “Why?” and “Why not?” We find our way in the world, putting out feelers. Sensing what is good for us, or sometimes, finding out the hard way.  Our responsibilities grow, and we find our value system. These make us rooted. Then we can weather storms with equanimity.

Roots may or may not tell us where we come from, but they definitely point towards how we stand in this world. 

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