An essay by Elisabeth Stokes, visiting assistant professor of English, ran in Rodale’s Organic Life May 12. Titled “I Didn’t Know How To Help My Friend Dying Of Cancer, So I Taught Her Son To Garden. Here’s Why,” the essay recounts the time Stokes spent helping her neighbor’s son plant a garden box. “He carefully tended his vegetables all summer after his mother died, pulling every other onion plant for scallions so the remaining onions would bulb up nicely, weeding around the kale, training the peas as they climbed. His eyes are dark and deep and full of pain, but kids, like plants, are tough,” she wrote.
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