It does not rain indoors in Mississippi

cacti (1)

Last Thursday I finally made it up to my office for the first time since we began working remotely in March.  I had to make a quick trip up for my text books in order to be able to finish out the semester but I was not thinking about anything other than books.  When I finally remembered my succulent arrangement, I figured it was too far gone to matter.  The clock was running out this week, so I suited up and retrieved all my personal belongings–not that many as I wisely chose last summer when we finally moved to the new building to minimize what personal items remained.  Frankly, I was surprised as this girl looked better than I would have expected with no water since March 6.  I set her and her sisters outside, planning to try to hydrate later, but I was in some pretty severe pain and exhaustion after unloading.  Four hours of transferring electronic files to be able to wipe my computer, plus packing up and toting items down 2 1/2 flights of stairs one step at a time only to walk a block to my car and repeat 3 times had taken its toll.  I was dripping wet with sweat and the only thing I was thinking about rehydrating was my own body.


It began to rain shortly, so I left it out there.  Then it rained again the next morning.  Now it may or may not make it, at least all of it, but the plumpness in some of the leaves and stems gives me hope.  After all, there is a reason that cacti and succulents survive in the desert.

Last evening, I brought it inside onto the screened porch and set it next to my growing “still life” collection.  You know where my mind went next, right?

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8 Responses to It does not rain indoors in Mississippi

  1. peggyjoan42 says:

    Looks as if these plants may recover – given time and tender loving care. Sounds like a lot of work to get all your things to your car. Perhaps you could say it was exercise. Now you should be able to have some wonderful dessert after all that work.

    • Suzassippi says:

      I hope so; they were very symbolic to me in the window of my new office I only got to stay in for 6 months. I made a little Zen garden with them, an antique bowl of my great aunt’s filled with smooth rocks I picked up from beaches here and there in my travels. My 3 little green ceramic elephants from 1970s garage sale marched to the succulents. When things would get stressful, I would stop for a few moments and focus on them all and breathe and center. I plan to set it up near my workspace at home as soon as I can clear some things out.

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  3. Beth says:

    Thanks for the smile at the end! They are lovely and will adapt well to their new space and continue their purpose of brightening your day when needed.

  4. janebye says:

    I can’t believe you haven’t used that hominy yet. 🙂

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