Creating the conditions for success

Tomato plants

I love this photo, though you may have to look hard to clarify what you’re seeing. Because of lockdown this year, I couldn’t buy my tomato plants as usual, so I grew them all from seed. As ever with seeds, I grew too many. The six I needed were transplanted to the planter, and the others were either given away or left in their pots on the bench. They’ve all been watered the same, but as you can see, six were given exactly the right conditions to grow, thrive, and shoot for the stars. The three left in their pots look healthy enough, but we know by comparison with their siblings that they’re constrained, denied, and dwarfed by those that were given the right conditions for success. They will never bear fruit.

But as you read this, are you thinking of your students or the staff?


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