I was introduced to gardening at an early age. I was given the task of planting pigeon peas, corn and other vegetables in our back yard during Corpus Christi. The pigeon peas were my responsibility. I dug my rows all the way down to the ravine. Every day we checked to see if my crop started to grow. I was vigilant with molding, watering and pulling up weeds. I didn’t want anything to spoil my first crop. It took a while but eventually it was time to harvest. It was a good crop and I was proud of my accomplishment. Dad made sure I understood the importance of giving so we packed a few bags to give the neighbors. Mom cooked pelau the same evening and stewed peas on Sunday. I felt for the first time like I’ve made a valuable contribution to the home. The whole experience is a valuable lesson in life; You can reap only what you sowed. It took time, effort, and dedication before I could enjoy the fruits of my labor. The crop had a process to go through before I could reap the benefits. I couldn’t see the results of my labor as I toiled, but I knew it would have rewards in the future. So the lesson is to keep toiling as long as it takes.