Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Good Omen for the New Year

Let me tell you a story about a girl (a woman, really, but she felt at the time that "woman" sounded very old). This girl, at the age of 27, had promised herself that by the age of 30 she would be out of the food service industry. You see, since she had graduated from college with a toddler on her hip, she had been working as a waitress, a bartender, a caterer, her dreams of being an artist continually frustrated.

By the time she turned 28, she had reached this small goal. Instead of working bizarre hours breaking her back to serve people hand and foot, she had gotten herself a job in an office. Doing inventory and accounting, of all things in the world. And while the hours were steady and her paychecks were predictable, the girl was still very, very unhappy with her work. So unhappy that her wrists developed a painful condition and she was rendered completely unable to do the job. So she finally quit and went to work for herself.

During the short years the girl had been working in this office, however, she had been tending to a beautiful Christmas Cactus along with all of the other office plants. She liked to take cuttings from the cactus and grow new plants. One of these baby cacti was sitting on her desk, and while it had never flowered she still loved it, so she took it home with her when she left the job forever.

The baby cactus grew, and was moved to several locations within the girl's apartment, until it finally settled on a shelf above the girl's drawing table. There it sat for more almost 4 years, growing to its limit, but never ever flowering. Meanwhile, the girl had managed to work for herself, first in business with a dear friend, then opening up a business for herself. As time went on, she was able to work on her art more and more, and while she was not yet making a living from it, she became more and more confident in the possibility.

As the year 2008 came to a close, the girl reflected on the failing economy, the presidential election, the wars in the Middle East. She wondered in what unseen ways these things reflected themselves in her own life, and how her life would play out in year to come. How could she get her business to grow? Her art to thrive? Would she have to find another job? Go back to school? So much uncertainty, she tried to just move on and put her worries aside.

Then, on the last day of the year, the girl, nearly 33 years old now, woke up just like any other day. She made breakfast for her daughter, got dressed, did the dishes. It had been several weeks, but this morning she remembered to water the cactus in the corner (poor thing, if it were not a cactus it would have died ages ago, as did all of the other plants the girl had ever owned before). Suddenly, the girl gasped, as she saw that the cactus had finally, for the first time in it's entire life, sprouted flowers! Beautiful, delicate little pink buds.

The girl called her daughter over to take a look. Then she happily announced that it was a good omen for the New Year. She took a picture and wrote a silly blog in fairy-tale fashion, to share with all of her friends.

The End

Happy New Year!

10 comments:

beicreations said...

Very cute story! I hope it is a great omen for all of us - Happy New Year to you! Hugs, Dee

katherynei said...

Happy new year to both you girls! A good omen indeed!

maoiliosa said...

you are so cute! :)

it surely is a good omen! and what a pretty cactus, too! happy new year, lea :).

and hey, you knew all along how to (successfully...) do asexual propagation of plants using leaf cuttings and didn't share this wisdom with me while i struggled for 2 months (through no fault of my own, mind you, i certainly didn't procrastinate or anything... :p) to complete a horticulture course which involved this very skill?! some pal you are! and i suppose you'll throw that old excuse in my face, "but melissa, you never mentioned you needed help!" well, a true friend who's only ~2000 miles away should be able to sense these things. hmph. ;p.

LeaKarts said...

You are so funny Melissa!! And, I'll have you know, that not only did I NOT know you needed help, I would have had NO effing idea what you were talking about if you had asked :D I just cut off pieces of the plant and stuck them in water until they had roots, then planted them. I was very proud of myself, because I am the WORST gardener ever. If it doesn't move or talk, I just don't remember to feed it! And even if I do remember, there's a good chance that I'm allergic to it anyway. Which is why Mr. Christmas Cactus is the perfect plant for me :)

EyePopArt said...

Awesome! Hope your cactus continues to bloom for many years to come!

Healingstones said...

That is a good omen!! And a similar thing happened to me - I have a money tree (do you know the one - it has fleshy leaves). Well it flowered for me a few weeks ago - and I have never seen one flower in my life before! It flowered the week we lodged our visa application for New Zealand.

Your business will continue to flourish - I believe in you!

littleput said...

I think this is my favorite story of 2008. :) Happy gorgeous new year to you!

Xylia said...

What a sweet story. A good omen, indeed!

GlitteringIndigo said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience with the world. A story of hope...that is what we all need right now...Hope and Faith. And for those of us returning to our 'artist heritage' to sustain our families understand your yearning and sense urgency...we feel it too and hold you in our prayers. Love and Light to you and your daughter...

dollsforfriends said...

Thank-you for sharing! I love this story, it makes me smile, and so does your work. I think it will be a very good year for all of us.