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Friday, January 27, 2012

I Can Only Nurture One Thing at a Time

Just a couple of days ago I discovered something that really saddened me.  I found my beloved ivy plant shriveled and brown.  Many times before I have come so very close to killing it, but its always bounced back.  However, this time it is surely dead.  Crispy, dried, and dead.  Its a tragedy...


Not only is it embarrassing to kill a plant that is almost as hard to kill as a cactus, but this plant meant quite a lot to me.  I've had it for twelve years and care for it since I was in middle school.  When I was fourteen and working as a busgirl at an upscale restaurant I helped work a baby shower.  The mom-to-be gave out baby ivy plants to all her guests to care for.  The idea was that while she was caring for her baby all her friends and family would have a sentimental plant to care for instead.  At the end of the shower, while she was collecting her gifts, there was one plant left.  I was cleaning the tables when she came over and offered the last plant to me.  With a big smile she insisted I take it, care for it, and help it grow.  My fourteen year old self beamed at the gift and excitedly carried out the duty of keeping it alive, if not thriving, for over a decade.  The plant went with me from Maryland to college in Vermont, lived in my dorm, traveled to Maine for a summer, lived in my cabin up north, and then came here to the Upper Valley where thus it wilted and died under my lack of care. 

Perhaps its only fitting that while I raise and care for my own child the plant I took care of for years would wilt away.  It was given with the intention to be cared for instead of a child and now that I have a child of my own the plant has served its purpose. 

Or maybe I am just being too sentimental and suck at caring for plants.

I think its the latter. 

8 comments:

Shari@Rain into Rainbows said...

Oooh, I don't think that's dead! I still see green. I hope you haven't thrown it out just yet.

Try trimming it way back, put it in the sun & see what happens.

I'm very sentimental as well. I used to be awesome at plants but haven't had any houseplants since mine all died during my initial hospitalizations. I'm thinking I need to change that up soon.

AmyBean said...

haha... oh, I feel your pain. I can't grow ANYTHING. I'm really shocked the kids have survived this long, truthfully. :-P

americanhoneyphotography said...

I still see green too! Try trimming it back and lots of water and sunshine or take the roots out of the soil and put into a small vase of water. You may be able to save it that way! :)

Dianne said...

I seriously doubt the Ivy is gone. I agree with the others - just cut it back some. Add indoor plant fertilizer, sunshine and water it. If not, it's just a plant - you're doing great on the one that really counts! ;-)

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Oh trust me you guys... That green is for show. It's hard and brittle and crumbles to the touch like dried flowers. There's no saving it! In fact, before declaring it dead and writing this post I tried for weeks to revive it. No such luck. Haha

jotham said...

If you kept it for a decade you can't claim to suck at caring for plants. It's a regular occurrence in our house to have a therapy session of sorts for my wife when a plant dies. Looks like you have something far more precious to take care of now anyway!

mamanaturale said...

Oh no! I totally relate! I understand the sadness of losing a plant. These days though, it's my poor cat that's needing attention. Maybe you can revive it...?

Miri said...

Your baby is beautiful enough for a thousand, no a million, ivy plants. Do try to cut it way back and put it in the sun though... And I'm glad I popped in. Lovely blog.

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