In case you missed it, Barack Obama gave a beautiful eulogy for Representative Elijah Cummings :
I was struck by many of his words, but for personal reasons, his opening lines resonated most:
"The seed on good soil, the parable of the sower tells us, stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. The seed on good soil. Elijah Cummings came from good soil. And in this sturdy frame, goodness took root..."
And, as evidenced by the videos below, as we build the forest floor, the ground gets more fertile.