A few days ago Jake came home from school with a little plant. He said that “everyone” got one, and whoever has the best plant at the end of the school year will get a $1,000 college scholarship.
He was unable to tell me how much competition there was for this scholarship: his class? His grade? All of Brooklyn? No clue. But I figured it was worthwhile to try no matter what the odds. I put it on the kitchen counter and told him I’d help him transplant it into a proper pot. I like gardening, so this would be fun.
We both forgot about it until the next morning, when I came downstairs to find dirt scattered all over the counter and most of the leaves gone. That’s when I remembered that for the first ten years our cat had lived with us, we couldn’t have a single house plant. But in the six years that she’d been living with my mother, I’d managed to forget.
I cleaned things up and surveyed the damage. It was salvageable. I put it back on the counter and searched for the inevitable green cat puke.
And I forgot about it. Again.
Until the next morning, when I raced downstairs late for an event, and found the rest of the leaves gone, and most of the dirt spread across a bigger piece of the counter, and more cat puke, this time on the very shoes I wanted to wear that day. Not exactly on, but next to, with a little splashed on the side. Wonderful.
So, finally, after all that, we got around to re-planting it into a bigger pot. The roots were all fine so I’m hoping it makes a comeback. But there’s so little left of it it’s pretty pathetic. It’s now sitting on a high windowsill in a bathroom. The cat may still be able to reach it, but she’s just as likely to lose her footing and fall into the toilet, which would serve her right.
In a way, it’s fitting. Our kids’ college funds are in decent shape, despite the beating they’ve taken over the past few years (the funds, not the kids). So Jake is starting the competition with a handicap.
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