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Written by Jes-c Brandt   

Newest addition to my family

Last week I became an official college graduate, and I have since been overwhelmed by people congratulating me and welcoming me to the real world. Now personally, I feel like I’ve been living in the real world for approximately 22 years, but maybe I was wrong.

Maybe life after graduation is more real than the life I’ve been living thus far. As usual, I’ve decided to err on the side of caution and approach this new chapter of my life as if it actually is somehow different.

How exactly am I doing so, you ask? I am the proud parent of a new plant. Well to be 100 percent honest, it’s not new, it’s adopted. My boss at my on campus job for the past four years gave me this spider plant with an eerie warning. “Jes-c, if you kill that plant, it’s like killing me.”

Yikes, talk about pressure! From that moment on, I knew I had to care for that plant like it was my own offspring. Right away I took it to my, now former, dorm room and gave it a nice place right next to the window.

Then I went to New Hampshire for a week and completely forgot about my poor baby. You can imagine the dread that swelled deep within me when I realized, halfway through the week, that I hadn’t made arrangements for someone to care for the plant.

Thankfully, upon my return, I found my plant still living, and looking only a bit thirsty. I gave him a nice tall glass of water and a pep talk for our upcoming cross country drive back to Colorado. I told him it would be a very long ride, but not to worry because we would stop often and see many fun attractions, and I promised to pack plenty of snacks for the road.

With all my college possessions packed into my car and Alexa in the passenger seat, my plant got his very own seat in the cup holder. Aunt Alexa was great about watering him, making sure his leaves didn’t get shut in the door and keeping him company on the long drive.

I am so proud of my little plant. At only one month old, he not only survived a vacation that involved following my dad’s crazy driving, but he’s also already a world traveler. He’s seen the Atlantic Ocean, visited the home of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, saw a real maple syrup sugar house in Vermont and even saw the majestic Niagara Falls.

Now Niagara Falls is a unique attraction, in that it can be seen from the United States or from Canada. Of course, baby plant could visit the New York side without any trouble. But apparently Canadian officials frown on bringing foreign plants into the country.

Obviously, being a responsible plant owner, I would never even dream of sneaking a plant across the border, hidden under a jacket in my back seat. I did the responsible thing and hired a babysitter for the duration of my time in Canada.

By the time we get to Holyoke, my little plant will have been in 12 states and even seen another country from across the river. He’s grown up so much I think he’s about ready for a bigger pot. As for me, I feel more grown up too. Maybe life after graduation will be more “real” or maybe it won’t. But whatever the case may be, I certainly feel more responsible with this new baby plant depending on me.

 

Holyoke Enterprise June 2, 2011