Friday was my last PTO meeting as secretary at Mister Man’s school. It’s bittersweet, but it’s sort of nice to be moving on to new things – and to pass all my duties and committees to a new
sucker person. At the meeting, the board presented the three of us who were moving on from the exec board with a small token gift to thank us for our tireless efforts over the past two years (their words, not mine).
We eat received a small plant, happily decorated with thank yous and the like, in addition to a very sweet card signed by all the administration and the outgoing and incoming board. I loved the pots they chose, as they were so sunnily cheery and bright for spring. The yellow daisies (ummm they are daisies, right?) are perfect, too.
I’m just not sure that someone didn’t choose the flowers just for me or if this was a coincidence.
You see, I have a bit of a brown thumb, except for weeds. I do my best with plants. I truly do. Unfortunately each time someone gives me a plant or flower, the same thing happens. I water them as directed. I put them in the right kind of light, but it never fails. The plant slowly – and sometimes not so slowly – begins to fade and wilt and die. My mom has learned to not give me plants anymore, but some of my friends still try.
I am proud that I’ve had an aloe plant and kept it alive for almost three years now. Of course, it hasn’t grown an inch in those three years. One friend has a ginormous aloe plant in her house, so I asked her advice on what to do with mine. She shrugged and blinked, as if in surprise that she had an aloe plant sitting there. I just ignore it, she explained. Ignoring the aloe seems to work for her. My poor aloe plant? Well, it’s down to one green “leaf” with the rest now browned and starting to shrivel.
So what do you think? This is how I received my PTO plant. Do you think someone knows me, or was this purely coincidence?