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It was rather warm for February. In fact, it felt as if spring was already here. The daffodils and hyacinths were beginning to poke their heads out of the soil. The birds were chirping up above. Small buds were starting to swell on her rose vine. The smell of spring was everywhere. But she knew that spring was still at the very least a month away, that it was far too early to plant seeds outside. All the gardening calendars unanimously stated the earliest date to plant peas was March 15th. Now, it should be stated that our heroine possessed numerous strong positive qualities but sadly, patience was not among them. So she took some seeds from her seed packets for peas and mustard greens, both of which could handle temperatures into the mid-high 20s (or so stated the articles on the internet), and placed them into peat pellets. As they sprouted, she moved them into her outdoor garden bed. They seemed happy enough, enjoying the sun during the day, and the cool breezes at night. During a rather ordinary conversation late Saturday afternoon, her husband questioned her decision to plant outside, “Isn’t it too early? The temperature is going into the low 20s tonight.” While lack of patience was one of her strongest attributes, her need to seem fully in control with well-made plans was not far behind. “No...they’ll be fine. I’m trying out something”, she replied with confidence. She rummaged around for plastic water bottles, snipped the bottoms off with scissors, grabbed a handful of skewers left over from hot summer BBQ days and headed to her garden. She gently placed a water bottle over the seedling, inserted the skewer through the top opening of the bottle, and down into the soil to prevent it from tipping over. She said a silent prayer as she walked back into her warm home. When she woke up the next morning, she wondered if the plants made it through the freezing night. She snuck out into the garden, and saw her tiny seedlings..still green..inside their little igloos, safely tucked away from the cold harsh world.