Hey, you guys. 🙂 This is Dizzy Lizzie from Whims and Fancies writing to you about something very, very important. So listen up.
This week, my boyfriend (a.k.a. husband) and I made significant progress in our relationship—we bought a living, breathing being into our home and now our family of two is a party with three.
We got a plant.
He is short and lean and resplendent with tiny green leaves that I use for cooking. His name is Stewart and I call him Stew, in remembrance of my favorite stew that I make using his leaves. Every day, after we come back from work, we water him and talk to him. Ok, only I do that. So sue me!
I come from a family of farmers. All my forefathers have owned huge plantations and they grew all kinds of plants, particularly rubber. They are a dying breed now (farmers, that is); everyone has alternate professions and livelihoods. My father too has an estate and he often calls himself a farmer, but truth be told, he is a manager at an international airline company, and that has nothing to do with being a farmer.
I would like to be romantic about my plant and say that it is my soul connection with my ancestors that made the act of bringing a plant home and looking after it for 3 days, so joyous. 😉 Maybe it is, but maybe it isn’t. Maybe nurturing plants is the most joy-giving thing anyone could do.
Maybe you could start with a kitchen garden consisting of a single plant growing on the window sill (like me) or maybe you could plant a rose-bush in your backyard and have sweet-smelling roses to tuck behind your ears all year through.
Do you know how easy it is to grow a plant? All it needs is a large enough container with holes that will let the water out, soil, water, sunlight, and some fertilizer, preferably organic. I knew this, but it was easy to forget. But now I am one step closer to saving the world! (Can you feel my power?)
I guess that Cicero was not far off the mark when he said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
Won’t you join in with a plant of your own?