We have been in this assisted living community 6 months. My mind goes between what we might have been doing in our past lives…and what I am doing now. I don’t compare…I just think about the difference.
I have a pot with a few succulents in it. A small pot, and it sits on the windowsill in my “bedroom” here in our assisted living community apartment. I really like the pot and the arrangement of the plants. The pot was a gift from my cousin which was sent after we arrived in Denver. I had a beautiful arrangement of cacti back in Louisiana..on a deck. Ruby, who helped me with so many things in Louisiana… always reminded me that I needed to be careful and not water the cacti too much. She told me a trick she used. Regularly water your succulents with “just so many” ice cubes. I put two ice cubes in my pot here every Tuesday morning. And — every Tuesday morning watering my pot is close to my first thought as I walk into my “bedroom.” “Ruby, the succulents, and two ice cubes.” But, this past Tuesday, I went the entire day in the moment…in the assisted living community. I played cards with friends here; I napped; I did lunch and dinner with my husband; I watched the Rockies lose a baseball game. And I did not think of my plants.
Wednesday morning…first thing when I walked into my bedroom: “I forgot the ice cubes.” I put two ice cubes in the pot and wondered how I could have ever forgotten to water my beautiful pot!! It is the one thing that takes me back to Louisiana and our home there.