By Shirley Blaier-Stein | April 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM EDT | No Comments
You know how they say that pets look like their owners and vice versa? And how their personalities are so much alike and the pets’ mood can change according to their owner?
I have a similar relationship – with a plant!
It’s a Spathiphyllum, aka Peace Lily. I got it from my mom in the summer of 2009 and placed it in the kitchen on a glass shelf. It is right next to the sink and I thought this is the only way I will actually remember to water it.
When I first got it, it had a beautiful white flower. The flower lasted a few weeks and then it was just green. I watered it as often as I remembered. The plant slowly became a “mirror” for me, reflecting how I am feeling.
When I am super busy and stressed out I forget to water it. It becomes dry and the leaves get brown on the edges. They bend down sadly. As if they know they have been forgotten.
At one point I thought it was the end: My plant was so dry I thought it would never come alive again. But then it bounced back. Just like I do.
On the summer of 2011 I was up for the biggest surprise: A flower. A white beautiful Peace Lily grew in my kitchen. You see, despite the hardship and the long times without water or nourishment the plant not only survived, but also grew a flower!
Which made me think: As an autism mom, I go through such long periods of stress and hard work and I survive. It’s good to know that one day I’ll be able to bloom. Big time! All I need is nourishment.
Anyone want to join me on a spa trip?!