So amongst the characters in my life, there are several living creatures who are not human. That sounds awkward. I'll unpack that. There's Kitten, there's Figgy, and there's Steve.  I've told you about Steve before. I have no idea what kind of plant Steve is, but I don't need to know.  I'm willing to respect his privacy as a roommate.  I water him about twice a week or so (when I remember) and we basically mind our own business in my office.

I was thinking back about the past recently, and as my mind was waxing nostalgic, I looked over at Steve on top of my filing cabinet (nothing in it, just there).  I had a sudden thought.  "How long have I had Steve?" Well, I remember having him when The Incident That We Don't Talk About happened in 2015.  And I had him for a few years before that.  He's had some rough times - I couldn't have him in the house because of aforementioned cats who wanted to eat/play with him, and he hated being outside so much he nearly died one summer. So... he's probably the oldest non family/friend relationship I've had.  Over seven years, probably at least ten.  My cat is eight years old, for perspective - that's pretty crazy.

So I got curious.  Every time he grows long enough to start to reach the floor, I take his vine and loop him around his pot.  I decided to unfurl him and see just how long he was.  And... well.  It was a surprise.   Check it out!

Steve's Surprise

Isn't that crazy!? I just never thought about how long Steve really is.  Turns out, he's massive and I apparently have a green thumb I never knew about. Who knew ignoring a plant for basically ten years would work such wonders?

Do you have any plants that have been around for that long? Do you have a favorite plant inside or outside? Tell me about what you've got at your place!

Growingly yours,


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