Seeds of Hope
Garden seeds sprout in wake of tornado, symbolizing life for family
By JAMIE PATTERSON
The small shed was like a monument to the late Cecil Richards’ work.
He built the shed, and his tools and other belongings remained behind even after he was gone.
But the April 24 tornado that devastated Yazoo County destroyed the shed, ripping it off the concrete slab and leaving nothing behind.
Or so it seemed.
The family accepted the fact that the shed, which held so many precious memories, was gone.
And then there was a vine.
“The shed was swept away, but some old cantaloupe seeds managed to find their way into the ground,” said Angie Crawford, the wife of Cecil’s grandson. “Now there is a small cantaloupe garden where the shed once stood, and they have been growing like crazy.”
Destruction, loss and grief were all around the Richards family. Cecil’s widow, Winnie, was trying to put together the pieces of her destroyed home when she noticed the vines.
After the tornado, the vines were a sign of life amidst death. They were a sign of hope.
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