I had just finished making a banana sandwich and plopped down in front of the television around lunchtime yesterday when a story from the segment “Extreme Homes” on HGTV caught my attention…(especially since I had been working in the garden most of the morning.)
It was about a woman who bought a fairy tale home (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) so, of course, the segment immediately caught my attention. I turned up the television just in time to hear the new owner say that there was not one single square room in the whole house.
In fact the home was built around a redwood tree which acts as the “axle” for the circular rooms. When the owner asked the original contractor why there weren’t square rooms in the storybook cottage…he simply replied ” There are no squares in nature.”
He went on to explain that this unusual home was built completely from what nature could offer in its ‘natural’ state…like the ring around the redwood tree…everything is circular…in God’s universe.
I kept chewing away (I was hungry and is there anything better than a peanut butter/mayo banana sandwich?) but I was also digesting that interesting fact which I had never considered before. “There are no squares in nature.”
So after lunch I grabbed my camera and quickly realized the truth in the contractor’s comment. There are no square flowers, bushes (unless you cut the hedge “squarely or rectangularly”), square hanging baskets, square tree trunk rings…everything in nature is round.
One article I discovered on this topic commented that ‘nature is round and humans are square“…meaning narrow-minded when it comes to how we treat nature and also inefficient in the way we construct man-made homes.
Since I am human ( I think) I must take up for some of us human “rounders“…because as I looked around my deck…every table, every plant stool, every planter was round….then all throughout my garden I had added round lanterns and round decorations throughout…
As I stared at the latest blooms…more and more circles appeared…
It is my fondness for circles that made me ask John Lee to make me a fence gate with a moon shaped (cut-out) circle right in the middle….my magic moon gate.
When it comes to building things man definitely leans towards squares…perfect squares to make him happy…and rectangles while nature keeps circles going ’round and round.’ One does wonder about the implication between “square” humans and “round” nature. Is that why man always seems to be in conflict with nature…trying to force a square object in a round hole?
One respondent to this idea wrote:
…”Trees have rings because they grow from the center, water droplets are round because the attraction holds the molecules together and the sun is round for the same reason. Nothing man-made “grows” or is a force revolving at such great velocity that it would become round over time. Man’s creations must be structured and strong, and the most efficient structure is rectangular.”
Another thought from another reader reminds us:
” A bubble is round because circular and spherical objects are the most efficient forms in the universe. They have no weak points. Look to old Rome. The domes were a pain to construct, but will last for a very,very, long time”
Haven’t we all heard expressions like “The circle of life?”Since God doesn’t make mistakes…there must be a reason why our planet is round, the sun is round, plants in nature are round…and trees have round rings to show their origin and age.
So until tomorrow…If our universe is round…could it possibly be that God wants all of us included in the circle of life that He created for us?..Not cast away in some sharp corner of a square, triangle, or rectangle…but placed right in the middle of His spiritual sphere…loved beyond comprehension? I think so.
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
* Speaking of storybook and fairy tales homes…I introduced little Tinker Bell to the other fairies in the garden…and she was welcomed by one and all…even finding her grandmother…Nana Tinker Bell…with a hug and happy reunion!
When “Little’ Tinker first arrived…she was rather afraid of Mr. Moon but soon realized he was pretty nice once you got to know him.
She, even, got to ride the garden bunny with a new friend and finally found her new home inside a sunflower.
*So see Lucy…Little Tinker made a wise choice to “re-locate” to Boo’s garden…she now is surrounded by family & friends…thanks for sending her down south to us!
(Anne and I dropped off flowers and muffins for this special lady!…a benchmark birthday!)
Eva Cate comes from a long lineage of flower givers…giving flowers to Linda during a chemo session.