We tend gardens. And children. And some of us tend to the sick.
Today I tended to my bills, my accounts, my business. I watered the plants, switched the pictures around on the walls, dusted the sills, folded all the blankets and lined them up neatly on the rack.
I tended my meditation practice, and my yoga practice.
I tended my students, and then, afterwards, my friendships.
To tend things is to watch over them, to protect them (when possible), to keep them from harm.
To tend is to pay attention, to mind, to watch.
To tend is to be human, and kind, and appreciative.
Today I tended things.