The baby, the squash, has a bit more freedom than the elder two. The squash sprouts last. She slowly covers ground around the corn and beans, sheltering the soil to keep moisture in and other plants away. Being the baby sister has its perks (As Montana will attest to). Squash tends to have less responsibility and little to prove, she’s allowed to find her own path with less stress than her elder sisters.
The three sisters are the genius of Indigenous agriculture. Together corn, beans and squash, feed the people, feed the land and feed our imaginations, telling us stories about how we might live.
Everything in our world plays and lives off of eachother. The story of the three sisters reflects on how we can live and evolve in harmony. By growing into our own full potential we inevitably help the beings around us grow themselves. Sometimes it’s best to focus on yourself before focusing on others. It’s not selfish, it's intentional. And once we blossom into ourselves, then the time to help others comes.