So, I had these great and wonderful intentions of getting unique and thought filled presents this year for my family. One of my children has a penchant for all things Asian. So, scrolling on Amazon I came upon a little Bonsai tree in a pretty pot. "Eureka!", says I. "The uniquest of presents!!!" I pressed the "add to cart" button with great gusto and felt very proud of myself.
Now, as you read on, you might think me in my dotage. As a matter of fact, you won't be alone in that assumption. The other night a movie ticket boy (who couldn't have been more than 16) charged me for a senior ticket without asking if I was a senior........my son started laughing and elbowed me in the ribs. "YOU've been SENIORED!" he said with such delicacy of feeling (cough cough). But my ticket was about $4.00 less than his, so I felt justified and gloated, "I haven't grown prematurely gray for nothing!!" says I. But I digress...........
Yesterday, packages began to arrive and I opened them to check out all my purchases. Well, lo and behold, I opened the little square box and gasped, "IT'S ALIVE!" For there it was, a little evergreen tree alive in that box staring up at me.
Why was I so shocked? Of course it was alive. It's a tree! Why did I happily assume otherwise? That is the burning question. I pulled it out and read the directions. It suddenly dawned on me that I, MYSELF, would need to keep it alive until Christmas Day. The only thing I have successfully kept alive is pots of ivy. THIS involves little green food pellets. Oh dear!
So, there it is on my school room windowsill looking so happy and Bonsai-ish. We made it through the first day. Youngest Child is going to be my partner in this "keep it alive til Christmas" campaign.
So many morals come to mind:
1. Always read the fine print.
2. Take a botany class.
3. Look before you leap to the 'add to cart' button.
4. Embrace your gray hair.....it saves bank accounts!