Many years ago, I used to garden. I loved raising vegetables that I could include in my meals for the family. Down here in Florida, for three years, I have tried (and failed) to garden. 🙁 I haven’t quite figured out the heat and soil and seasons, I suppose. One of these days I’ll get it.
However, there is one tomato plant that is growing outside. I didn’t plant it there. It is just growing. It’s my solo tomato patch.
When I was watering it this morning, it made me think of my Tomato Patch Series that I wrote so long ago. The series is four short novellas about Priscilla Smucker who has attracted the unwanted attention of a not-very-nice Susie Byler. Susie is jealous of Priscilla and constantly tries to outshine her. In the first book, The Tomato Patch, Susie is trying to grow the best tomatoes for the charity auction. She wants nothing more than to outdo Priscilla.
I love writing stories that have underlying messages…morals to the tale that the reader can learn from. Today, more than ever, this story needs to be read and shared.
Doesn’t it seem that so many people today are constantly trying to have the best tomato patch? They might not even LIKE tomatoes but they want the best so that they get all the glory. The Susie Bylers of the world are multiplying—always out for themselves—while the Priscillas of the world are struggling to not become extinct.
The good news is that we reap what we sow. Every garden will flourish if the seeds are planted and cared for with love. When gardens are full of seeds sown with spite or jealousy, those emotions poison the soil. What grows then is nothing good, that’s for sure and certain.
I think I’m going to revisit Priscilla. She was a great character, a role model for young and old alike. Mayhaps you might revisit the series, too. 🙂
The Tomato Patch is available in paperback and ebook format. You can learn more about the book, including purchase links, by clicking HERE.
Sarah Price is the author of the Plain Fame series and the Amish of Ephrata series, among other books. She comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, and her writing reflects accurate and authentic stories based upon her own experiences with several Amish communities. Visit her at sarahpriceauthor.com and on Facebook.