How plants resemble children and their desire to flourish and grow.
Poinsettia plants are a beautiful representation of the holiday season. So bright red, so joyous, so content to just exist and bring people happiness just by doing the very thing that comes so naturally to them – grow and flourish.
My husband bought two large poinsettia plants right after Thanksgiving, and I wanted to enjoy them each and every day, so I placed them in my family room area by my son’s bearded dragon’s tank. Natural light was nearby but not directly reaching the poinsettia plants, but I was able to see them and enjoy them daily.
As the days went by, I noticed that the leaves were turning brown at the edges and drying up. Leaves were falling off in big bunches and, despite the fact that I was providing enough water, the plant started to droop and look unhealthy.
This got me thinking about how my poinsettia plant resembles children and their desire to flourish and grow. When we, parents and teachers, create unnecessary demands and expectations for them, they begin to shrivel and lose their joy for life.
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