Among the thousand gratitudes, I am grateful for the emergent spring green. Robert Frost wrote that nature’s first green is gold – but in our garden, natures first green is chives.

Our chives were a gift from my older daughter’s preschool teacher, who stopped by our house to plant them for us, since my daughter was always eating them in her school garden.

Eight years later, they’re still thriving, and still one of the first things to come up in our yard – even before the crocuses, and long before the daffodils.

They’re a popular plant in our yard. My kids eat these chives, their friends eat them, and even our UPS delivery person stops to snack on them on his way to drop off packages at our door. But they’re always abundant – a gift of nourishment.