Caption: This little plant is known as a chain of hearts or rosary plant (Ceropegia). ♥️ My mom had one when I was growing up that I just loved. When it flowered, it was especially beautiful. She had so many house plants. I’m sure my my love of plants and animals comes from watching her care for these magnificent creatures. 🌱🐱 She is kind of a unicorn 🦄 with house plants especially. There were some that were around for most of my youth, they were like close friends. But I was generally wired to make friends with plants and animals. We would go camping quite a bit. After getting into camp, I would go exploring, making new friends. Some human, mostly plants and creatures. They would show me cool hiding places or help me to climb hillsides.
At my house in Fair Oaks by the American River I would spend hours outside every day during the summer making friends. And when my brother Adam was old enough I’d take him to secret places along the creek out to the river, exploring these magical places where fairies and gnomes hid.
Many hot days I would sit in the shade with my back against a tree, reading a book near my my neighbor’s beehives. Watching the bees, spotting fairies dart through the oak woodlands, delighting at a salmon returning up the river to give her life for the next generation. These were moments when I came to understand that my role was to speak for the protection of these magical places, these magnificent creatures, this precious ecology of relationships.
I’m grateful to my mom for helping me see the world differently, for giving me space to explore, and climb and be free to wonder as wonder. * * *
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Photo taken at: Zumbido Vida Homestead and Resilience Guild