I found the culprit of my tragic eat-and-run, well, one of them, a slug no bigger than my pinky nail, but as hungry as a newborn. I picked off this “slippery little sucker” (Yes, a cheap Pretty Woman reference) one morning before the sun had climbed beyond our fence. The little vampire thought he was safe in the shade.
It was feasting on recent new growth my snap pea plant had shot out in a last ditch effort to stay alive. Seeing these 2 leaves begin to emerge reminded me of nature’s resilience, its incredible capacity to stay alive and fight for survival, despite being utterly destroyed.
Hope restored, I began to water the plants more regularly. I checked them in the morning while drinking coffee, seeing everyday new growth fighting for a chance and leaves building off of seemingly dead stalks.
Nature’s ability to restore and renew itself is remarkable. Mother Nature is a master of resilience. I think we all sometimes need to remember there is always a co-existing cycle of life and death. When all seems lost, something new will always emerge if we are open to it. The evidence: my first sugar snap pea flower.