On the occasion of my sixtieth birthday a friend gifted me with a beautiful orchid. It was breathtaking in its full-bloom glory. I had never had an orchid plant prior to this but had heard stories of its temperamental nature. My expectations for keeping it alive were low, and my hopes of getting it to bloom again were slim to none.
The plant lived in a two foot tall cylindrical glass vase. I am not sure what looked more fragile, the plant or the glass container. And to top it all off sitting at the base of the elegant container were blue glass beads, giving you the illusion the plant was floating in water. Again beautiful but with four grandchildren visiting often I grew anxious over someone crashing into the glass and getting hurt. So I began moving the plant here and there every time the kids were expected to visit.
After a few months the buds died back and the plant began to look a little sad with yellowing leaves. I thought maybe the sun was burning the leaves in the glass vase so I made the decision to remove the plant from the vase. I was happy to discover the plant was in its own plastic container and easy to remove. It was then that I noticed these weird growths popping out the base of the plant. I surmised they were the start of new stems for the flowers. For months now those long tendrils have curled and bent their way up along make shift stakes. I read about the need for the stalks to stay upright so I used small hair clips to hold them to the sticks.
For about a month now I’ve been waiting and watching for these buds to open. Finally, today a flower surprised me again with this lovely bloom. I had forgotten the unusual color combination that was revealed in the flower. I moved the plant to a prime location where I can admire the plant in all its glory. But this is only the beginning because there are several more buds right behind this bloom awaiting their final glory too!
Fortunately for me it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Throughout the month of March I will be participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge with the community of writers over at Two Writing Teachers. Each day I will post a draft of a story detailing a small snippet from my life. This will be my sixth year participating, and each year I marvel at all the small moments I would have missed in my life if not for this challenge. I am grateful to Stacey Shubitz, Betsy Hubbard, Beth Moore, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, Melanie Meehan, and Amy Ellerman for hosting this wonderful event!