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One Person's Trash

A comment that barbrad left on my acorn post ( Mighty Acorns ) reminded me of a friend's granddaughter's fascination with a couple of very small acorns she found when walking through a botanical garden that we visited. After carrying them both with her in one hand most of the day, she finally gave one acorn to her brother who promptly threw it away. A little sad but not mad she philosophically uttered an expression that I thought was well beyond her years. She said that when she gave it to him it became his and he could do what he wanted with it.

I think my late husband found the cactus in my photo in the trash some twenty years ago. He was not much into gardening, but he did get a kick out of saving abandoned plants. As ratty as it is, he loved this cactus, and we were both ecstatic the first time it put forth its tiny red blossoms which form in rings around each trunk. When we moved to Arizona we left it behind, but even once when we were gone for two years we came back and found it still alive. Now, like me, it has to live or die without him. Since I can't seem to kill it, I guess it will be my treasure.

Image Credit » I took this photo with my Samsung Note 8 tablet.

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allen0187 wrote on August 25, 2014, 12:01 PM

It seems, your husband found one way to live eternally

JanetJenson wrote on August 25, 2014, 12:11 PM

Yes, he may have done just that, and to perpetually flower, too allen0187 What a gig.

LynnWrites wrote on August 25, 2014, 1:15 PM

The little cactus has turned out to be a survivor, and so have you!

suffolkjason wrote on August 25, 2014, 1:48 PM

Thanks for this Janet, I found it quite touching.

JanetJenson wrote on August 25, 2014, 5:30 PM

Just don't touch the cactus, as it has nasty little sharp claws that get all over and stick in your skin

JanetJenson wrote on August 25, 2014, 5:32 PM

It has two kinds of thorns lynnwrites and suffolkjason and both of them are sharp! As it keeps getting too big for its pot, I have to wrap it in newspapers every few years when I transplant it.

paigea wrote on September 5, 2014, 1:30 PM

The little girl was very wise. It took me a long time to learn the same thing.

JanetJenson wrote on September 6, 2014, 2:56 AM

paigea I could not believe I was hearing a child that small expressing an idea that profound. I was in the same boat as you.