© 2014 Marica

Spathiphyllum

As is fairly typical, my husband was patiently waiting for me to finish my work so we could head home. I was surprised when he leaned over and took a banana skin out of the rubbish tin under my desk.

“What are you going to do with that?” I asked.

He didn’t say anything in response. Instead he stood up and I watched as he headed towards the pot plant I had sitting on a cabinet beside my desk. With his hands he started loosening up the soil in the pot. Next he proceeded to bury the banana skin. After the addition of some water, my green plant appeared to be jumping for joy; it seemed to like the attention. I could almost hear the plant say “thank you”.

“You need to feed your Spathiphyllum if you want it to flower,” said my husband.

“My spathy what?” I responded. He looked smug.

My husband never refers to plants by their common name; he always uses the correct botanical name. He loves plants. His incredible green fingers are forever rescuing plants that others have neglected.

It turns out my plant is what most of us know as a peace lily. According to the ancient art and science of Feng Shui the peace lily brings peaceful and harmonising energy to an environment. It also has purifying and protective qualities. Who knew?

I have no idea where this plant came from but I do know it has followed me around the many desk moves I have made in the last 12 months in my current workplace. It has been my one constant companion and I rely on its green graceful presence on a daily basis. One of my colleagues has taken on the responsibility of regularly watering this plant. In fact she turned up on Monday to do exactly that even though she was on annual leave. This plant has faithfully sat there as I have struggled through my days and I wasn’t aware of how important it has been to me.

Today, I took the time to look carefully at the beautiful flower that has emerged. It is so elegant and stands proud at the the end of a very long stem. It is surrounded by large, luscious looking deep green leaves. The plant looks strong and healthy even when I haven’t given it enough attention.

Sadly, this plant wasn’t able to make enough of a difference to stop me from resigning from my job this week. I suppose that was asking a bit much of it. My Spathiphyllum and I will only be companions for another three weeks.

Manifesto
09. Every day learn something new.
22. Every day refine, clarify and simplify.
30. Every day use all your senses. Touch. Smell. Taste. Hear. See.

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