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Before I was a parent, my apartment was filled with plants. After I became a parent, remembering to water them fell further and further down my to-do list. Eventually, I had no more plants left to water. I stored their pots behind my rental house and thought I might fill them someday. Maybe.

Today, my older son (Li’l D) and I each picked up a plant at our favorite botanic garden. D was so disappointed there weren’t more full-shade plants there that I offered to take him to a nursery.

He was overjoyed to see all the plants at the nursery. Unfortunately, his little brother being undernapped, we had to make our trip a quick one.

Each of us picked out one plant. After buying them, we loaded them in our car and headed home.

Once home, we rinsed out my long-forgotten pots in the backyard. We repotted all the plants, carried them inside, and put their care instruction stickers in a little notebook before placing them in their new homes within our home.

I had to displace a few photos for one of my plants. Li’l D, noticing me placing one photo in front of the plant, asked if he could put one in front of his plant, too.

Soon enough, I’d finished placing my plants. I walked over to Li’l D’s shelf, where my heart just about burst with joy at what I saw.

Almost a decade ago, I bought a bunch of flowerpots. They housed plants that made my apartment feel like home, bringing what felt like a little Oregon green within touching distance. All the plants eventually died, but the pots remained.

And today? Today, they were filled again, by little hands as well as my own. The old was made new, and there was a mutual promise of care between people and plants.

Those flower pots used to be mine. Today, thanks to a bag of potting soil, dirty fingernails, and a little love, they are … ours.

  1. October 7, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    I wish you so many more ‘our’ plants โค This was truly heartening to read.

    • October 7, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks! D has spent most of the last hour coaxing me to take him back tomorrow, this time without Littler J. I told him we’ll see about next weekend. (More to anticipate!) For now, I’m so glad for this afternoon with my little guys. ♥

  2. October 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    And their growth and vibrancy exemplify your life. Your shared lives…

    • October 7, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      So much loveliness in it all. As I type this, Anthony’s trying to read bedtime stories to D (J, unnapped, zonked out long ago), but D’s too intent talking about the nursery to hear them. ♥

  3. October 7, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Plants make a home look more cozy, I find.
    It is good for your kids to learn, how to take care of plants. They might find much joy by time with this.

    • October 13, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      I hope they do! A few times a day now, I catch sight of the plants and smile.

      (Li’l D has asked for more, but I’ve told him he has to do well by these ones for a month first!)

      • October 13, 2017 at 7:08 pm

        Good idea to wait for one month, before your little man will be allowed to take care of more plants.

  4. October 7, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Awwwwwww!!!!! I practically burst reading this one ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love it ๐Ÿ™‚ I especially love that Lil’D is leading the way, asking and persuading and enjoying, not just going along with you for the ride..

    (Strangely, I also spent yesterday washing old pots and refilling them with new plants, just in my case, it was moving ‘back’ to living by myself which meant I can do that..)

    • October 13, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Your comment so warmed my heart. I hadn’t thought about it in that light, but, yes … we are partners (of a sort) in this journey, and I love it that way. ♥

      And, oh! I love that we were doing this around the same time, in such different locations.

  5. October 9, 2017 at 7:14 am

    What a great story! Love the time y’all spent together and how sweet was the photo that D picked! I just loved everything about this!

    • October 13, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      ♥ Each time I see those plants, I think of how they got here and am filled with joy all over again. I hope his fondness for plants remains, and that it’s something we continue to share. Even if not, I’ll cherish memory of this day.

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