A dear friend of mine sent this my way and I wanted to share it with all the military-families out there. I hope it gives a little reminder of what “support” can do for you! Not only can it help you flourish but it can help you learn how to support others when they most need it!
Once upon a time, there was a little grape stem. She was so glad to be alive. She drank water and minerals from the soil, and grew and grew. She was young and strong and could manage quite well, all by herself.
But the wind was cruel, the rain was harsh, and the snow was not one bit understanding. The little grape stem experienced pain. She drooped, weak and suffering.
“It would be so easy to stop trying to grow, to stop trying to live,” thought the little stem.
She felt poorly. The winter was long, and she was weary. But then the little stem heard a voice. It was another grape stem calling out to her. “Here, reach out, hang on to me.”
But the little stem hesitated. What would this mean, she wondered. For you see, the little stem had always managed quite well, all by herself.
Then, ever so cautiously, she reached out toward the other grape stem. “See, I can help you,” it said. “Just wind your tendrils around me, and I will help you lift your head.”
And the little stem trusted. Suddenly, she could stand straight again. The wind came, and the rain, and the snow. But when it came, the little stem was clinging to many other stems. And although the stems were swayed by the wind and frozen by the snow, they stood strongly united to each other. And in their quiet strength, they could smile and grow.
One day, the little stem said, “Here, hang on. I will help you.”
And another stem reached up to the little stem.
And together, all the stems grew. Leaves budded, flowers bloomed, and finally the grapes formed. And the grapes fed many!