15 Nov 2012, 8:13am
Of Food and Love:

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  • Of Food And Love: The plants in our house

    They’re becoming a central figure in our home.  These plants.  It started with Cy’s good luck plant, then his fern, then a Black Prince and now, a basil plant.  Of course, we have the standard Aloe plants (a lot of Russian houses have them for their medicinal properties and eatable qualities!).
    Cylas really cares for his soil and sun dependent friends.  It’s so sweet.  He’ll sing and talk to them, he asks if I’ve watered them, he checks on their growth progress and is always angling for us to buy another.  We don’t have much of a display area, in fact, it’s a little cramped.  We’re working on a way to better display these little important members of the household.

    The other day I caught Roma singing, and for all intents and purposes, DANCING with the basil plant.  Egad!  She sheepishly said, “Mama, I singing.”  Thankfully the basil withstood the love of my three year old and lived to tell the story.

    Our unconventional display…

    None of our plants have names.  But they have a presence for sure.  I’m thoroughly convinced that as I teach my children how to care for these little potted partners they will translate it into their little lives and it will manifest itself in how they interact with others.  Be mindful, sometimes on the surface all may look well but it’s not.  Be concerned, when was the last time someone rotated the plants to get light?  Be aware, were they watered today?  Be kind, plants are plants but they love attention!  Sing to them, talk to them…they flourish with love.

    Yes, they’re plants.  They sit in a bucket of dirt, but there are some life long principles and practical knowledge to be gained through the care of these sweet soil bound friends :)

    Do you have plants?  Do your children have plants?  Do share!

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