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hope blooms

I’ve had this house plant for ten years, and for more than half that time it has seemed on the brink of death. Many of its leaves are brown or yellowing; even after it’s just been watered, it looks wilted; and it just generally has the aura of a crusty malcontent. In corporate America, it would be a frustrated middle manager who keeps getting passed over for the big promotion.

But yesterday I came home after a busy and frustrating morning — just another in a seemingly endless series of busy, frustrating mornings — and it had sprouted this beautiful, white flower seemingly overnight. In a decade, it has never produced anything even remotely this stunning; in fact, I didn’t even know it was capable of flowering.


Filed under plants and gardening, shit that gets me every time