The irony that studying botany at Arizona State University was my breaking point and inspired me to leave Arizona still makes me laugh to this day. I hated learning about photosynthesis and germination etc. etc.… I thought it was so boring! Snore… I remember meeting my dad for our bi-weekly dinner, crying to him about being miserable in Arizona and wanting to move to Los Angeles, (to be an actress). It took him a few years to budge, but on that particular night he looked at me and said, “OK, you’re moving to LA.” The scariest and most exhilarating words I had ever heard… and so the countdown began.
I finished up my freshman year at ASU and moved to LA later that summer. I was 19 years old, scared to death but living out my dream. I cried every day. I mourned everything about Arizona. I missed my friends, I missed my parents and most of all I missed the comfort of being close to everyone and everything I had known for ALL my 19 years of being on earth.😁 As every day passed my transition became a little bit easier, but it wouldn’t be for a couple years until I felt safe and truly happy.
One time my dad was visiting and we took a trip to China town in downtown Los Angeles. We ate some amazing food and browsed in shops when I stumbled across this very small bamboo plant. I instantly fell in love. I thought to myself, “bamboo just sits in water, how hard could it be to keep this little guy alive?” Well, my dad bought me the plant and I named him Herbie. Herbie was my first green baby🎍 and I had him for many years. I guess you could say Herbie started my love for plants and all of my green babies. My mom says I get my green thumb from my grandma- wow, that just made my nose burn and my eyes well up with tears. It’s interesting how missing someone creeps up on you like that, isn’t it? Sigh… Anyway, I LOVE my green babies, and my succulent wall has brought me so much joy. The photos below are just the beginning of the project, as a lot of the plants are still in their plastic pots. Soon I will show you what I’ve done with this amazing wall of succulent plants! As my interior designer and friend, Cynthia Soda said, “any time you are sad and want to feel happy, just go stare at this wall!”
It’s amazing to me that one of the forces that drove me away from Arizona and to Los Angeles, brings me immense happiness today. Do you have plants in your life? I highly recommend it!🤣
To be continued…🌵🎍🌵🎍