A quick lesson on the life cycle of a seed and crop farming.
When seeds are planted, they first grow roots. Once these roots take hold, a small plant will begin to emerge and eventually break through the soil. When this happens, we say that the seed has sprouted. The scientific name for this process is germination.
It is essential for roots to grow down so they can explore the soil and maximize their water uptake. Plant growth is caused by water that is absorbed by the plant’s roots and sunlight that spurs photosynthesis, which is the process of creating food for the plant. Plants also need space, time, clean air, healthy soil and nutrients to grow.
A cultivated plant that has fully grown can serve as a food, especially a grain, fruit, or vegetable. Once grown, crops offer several potential benefits for farmers but careful planning to achieve the desired goals is a must. (time of season, weather conditions, etc.)
Once crop has met its full potential, it’s time to harvest them. For example, hay would have been cropped several times through the summer.
A few months back, a very close friend told me she was going to start celebrating Cody’s progress and call them a CROP.
CROP (Cody Rivers Outstanding Progress).
Her theory is their will be bad days but if we keep trying to let the good days over-shadow the bad, we can then stay focused and celebrate another CROP!
I loved this. When you look at this cycle, it’s a lot like his ABA therapy. Planted properly with the right amount of learning, environment, probing, instruction and patience; it will give you the outstanding progress and allow you to achieve the desired goals just as it does for crop farming.
So we now celebrate every CROP. These can be a CROP of any size because in the autism world, there is no such thing as a small CROP. We celebrate all these successes on Cody’s page when I can capture on video. Thank you Pam for your everlasting support.