The Uphill Slide

There is always something.



My friend recommended a movie to me. Sea of Trees with Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe. Uplifting she said. A suicidal man came to die and left to live. He found his legacy in the Aokigahara forest.

As we walk I point out and name flowers to my grandson. I am leaving a legacy of knowledge about the plants and me.

And by the way, my favorite color is orange and my favorite season is summer.

Rain lilies. Christmas cactus.


Rain lilies from a neighbor given to my mother and passed to me. Their demands in life few. Ignored all winter. Water and sun in spring to produce long slender rockets of pink buds rising above narrow green leaves. Opening to simple pink blooms.

The Christmas cactus a legacy from my first sister-in-law. Stripped of its leaves last summer by my grandson as he played out of my sight on the porch. It would not die. Strength and resilience. New leaves sprang from its stems. It will bloom again.

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