|A bindweed leaf covers a bee balm flower.|
Those roots are impressive. My best attempts at pulling it have yielded six inches to a full foot of root. If it breaks, bindweed simply grows back. Give it a couple of good rains and it covers over the tops of the plants with heart-shaped, sun-depriving leaves. Soon it is knotting and redoubling until the tangle of vines weigh down the weakened plants and break the stems.
The thing is that bindweed has a pretty flower. They open like morning glory, a white and purple streaked trumpet that heralds the dawn. But don't be fooled. As lovely as the flowers are, the vine is insidious. It always looks for an opportunity to take control.
Life is very much like this. We are attracted to the beauty of things without considering what lurks behind it. We might try to make something work because that flower is so pretty, we don't want to lose it. But those flowers close quickly. Seeds follow and create a new generation of problems. The longer we leave it, the deeper its roots dig in, and the harder it is to extract it when we realize we have to do something about it.