Friday, December 07, 2007

Christmas Cactus

The Christmas Cactus, the only houseplant that thrives in our arid indoor winter clime, has begun to bloom again. You aren't here to appreciate it, you are in another world now. Christmas won't be quite the same here, excepting the cactus. The whole family has been dispersed by the four strong winds of fate, and you've gone beyond them all. It will be a quieter time, this year, with more reflection than celebration. Next year it will be better, with the little ones a year older, with the sadness of your departure tempered by time and memory, and life returning to its everyday routine. Next year.

By Professor Batty


Blogger Móðir, kona, meyja said...

In my part of the world it's called November cactus and although my two specimens thrive quite well, I can never get them to bloom.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

... it might have something to do with having the house cool at night, we keep ours at about 17° c.

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