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…the life of this particular plant became incredibly important and symbolic to me…I cannot let this plant, so linked with our loss, die.

I wrote those words back in March, in a post titled Black Thumb.

Since March:


This past weekend I re-potted the plant I wrote about into a larger container. The timing was a mix of purposeful and providential—I have known for weeks it needed to be done, but I finally found the motivation and deep desire to brave this daring-for-me undertaking. Having a black thumb means I need to read the directions on the big bag of Miracle Grow dirt each time I do something floral. For some reason the simple steps of “put Miracle Grow into container, place plant in container, water” are beyond my capabilities, so it was with a little too much nervousness and trembling that I began my project.

As I did my project, I felt myself slipping into what hubby refers to as my “dark place”…at least I kept this aliveI could have used some Miracle Growplease, plant, don’t die because of this…I cut the roots like a good little gardener (the Miracle Grow bag told me to do it). I packed more dirt around the base of the stems. Is it too packed? Too loose? I watered. Too much? Too little?

I placed the plant back in its spot in the sunny kitchen. It seemed much larger and as I looked at it, turned it around and around on its base, felt the moist dirt, and stroked the leaves, I thought of the day when it would outgrow its new home. I hope it outgrows its new home. I hope it thrives.

4 comments to Thrive

  • Shayne (aka doodle)

    I’ve been wondering how the plant was doing. I’m glad to see that it continues to thrive under your nurturing care.

  • It looks beautiful! I was admiring it last time I was at your house. I think you’ve out witted your black thumb.

  • moms_s_t

    Psalm 144:12
    Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.

    You do NOT have a black thumb my dear G!

  • rossmomma

    Plants usually tremble in my presence as well (in fact at times I think I hear them screaming…), but this one looks healthy and beautiful, I suspect it will continue to flourish.

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