Slow, But Not Unable

corn-among-soyHave you ever seen this? If you live somewhere other than where corn and soybean fields are ubiquitous, you may not have. I see this every year in almost every soybean field I drive past. Never thought much about it – other than maybe a “dang, that corn is confused“.

Late last fall, I spent a lot of time driving past fields as I had to drive my husband to his school every morning & pick him up in the afternoon after he had an injury & couldn’t drive.  I found myself drawn to these particular anomalies – looking to see which fields have the rogue corn stalks & which don’t. Wondering why it happens.

I was talking about it one morning with Steve as we drove and he shared an amazing perspective with me. I always saw these corn stalks as silly – like they got lost somewhere or forgot what they were supposed to do or something. He disagreed. “The way I see it,” he said, “these corn stalks are a lot like Henry.”


“Think about it. These seeds aren’t messing up. They’re not incapable of doing their job. They’re doing exactly what they’re supposed to do and exactly what the other corn seeds did last year. They’re just doing it a little slower. It just took them a little extra time to be ready.”

I let the thought swim around in my head for a while. I’d never thought of it like that. But…he’s right. Look at that picture over there. You see thousands of soybean plants, doing their soybean thing just like they should. And popping up here & there are corn stalks – maybe from last year’s planting, maybe dropped by a bird. They’re doing their corn thing and doing it just fine. And you only notice them because they look different from the soybeans. But they’re right on time…FOR THEM.

SONY DSCI really like this analogy. I like it because it’s a great visual explanation about what things are like for Henry and others like him. They stand tall, do their job, reach their full potential – just like their counterparts. Just because they did it later doesn’t change what they are. They’re people. Just like all other people. They reach their potential just like every other person. Just, maybe, a little bit later. And that’s okay.