One of the simple pleasures in life is watching your children grow up in front of you, but a close second would be witnessing their spellbound amazement as they experience natures mysteries unfold. Parker planted two tiny sunflower seeds in a darling decorated Dixie cup in his Spanish class at school as a Mother’s Day gift. It was such a sweet surprise. But the real fun began when we delicately transplanted them to a small pot on our back porch. He and I watered the sprouts everyday as the stems seemed to follow the sun. Eventually the two plants grew too big for the little stone home, so we gave them a new spot in the front yard. They were now sturdy enough to withstand the rain and wind that comes through Chicago in the early summer. As the days grew longer and brighter, our sunflower stems flourished. Now today after nearly 3 months of tender loving care our gorgeous sunflowers bloomed. It seems like a rather simple feat but for a kid it is a huge accomplishment to nurture seed to bloom!