Nesting: 48 Hours

“Soak the snow pea seeds from France for 48 hours and plant them next week,” said the friend who had carefully saved them from her prior year’s harvest and gifted them to me at Christmas. That was her response when I texted to ask: “when should I plant them?”

To my happy eyes, this morning, after the 48 elapsed hours, the seeds had sprouted visible white plant-starts. Excitement! (See photo above.) A glance outside delivered more happy news – it is sprinkling. Just what these seedlings need for their start in soil. Hooray. Seeds planted!

After planting the seeds near the cattail trellis so they can climb as they grow, I got to thinking about what else changes in 48 hours. Lately it seems, life’s directions-for-moving-about change every 12 hours or so. And, every 24 hours brings a new “death count” and “virus-positive” count. Every 24 hours also brings a new bud into bloom on the fruit trees and the three tightly held blooms on the quince cutting into bloom despite being separated from their parent plant.

Every 48 hours though gives a bit more perspective. Tempers cool. Upset blows over. Hurts hopefully begin to heal. Two days turns out to be enough time for people to get acquainted, for love to grow, for flowers to bloom. Two days is enough to read a book and to learn how online school is going to work.

Two days is eternity for a toddler. Two days is a barely bearable wait for a first grader. And two days in quarantine is nothing compared to two months. How time feels to us is all in the context of who we are, where we are, how old we are, and what the circumstances around us are.

In three to fourteen days, a bird can build a nest (depending on species). Typically, one to two days after nest construction, eggs are laid. Humans might settle into a new space and create home within a few days; or they might take years to nest and still never feel that the nesting is complete or that a sense of home has been attained. How our nesting time feels to us is affected by the context of who we are, where we are, how old we are, and what we are experiencing day by day.

Take the next 48 hours to enhance your nest, to plant some seeds for coming-soon planting, or to finish the book you’ve been working on.

How quickly did you build your nest? Is your nest complete right now?

What has happened in your last 48 hours that you’d like to happily remember in another 48 hours? Or, that you’d like to forget?

Nesting is about the objects and experiences that create a sense of home. Without home, it is difficult to maintain health, find joy, or to be productive. Enjoy the Nesting series of blogs on your search for and creation of a deep sense of home. –Jana

Jana Kemp

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