The other day when I was out for breakfast with a friend, I ran into a woman whom I hadn’t seen in quite a while. She’s someone who is well known for being extremely positive in her outlook on life and the patients with whom she works at a cancer care center adore her upbeat nature. I felt pretty sure that her kids had grown and changed a lot since I had last seen them and I was anxious to hear how they were doing. “Growing like flowers,” she said. “At least my daughter is growing like a flower. My son, I’ll say is growing like a sapling tree.” Though I’d heard plenty of people use the expression “growing like a weed”, I’d never heard anyone describe their kids like she had — and I asked her where she had come up with that. “I decided I don’t want to think of my kids as weeds,” she laughed. “Parenting can be hard enough without throwing what seems to me to be kind of a negative connotation at the whole situation.” I’d never before thought of the phrase meaning anything but fast growing so to me it wasn’t pessimistic and I saw her reworked wording as pretty corny. After I thought about it for a while though, I realized how perfectly it suited her nature overall and if that one small change could make a difference for her, I say go for it. Growing like flowers.