First off – Happy Birthday Dad!
Mr. Faison was a person working at a school Alex was volunteering at through AmeriCorps. They bonded over their love of plants and Mr. Faison subsequently taught Alex a number of tricks and tips before eventually gifting her with a potted Pleomele (aka the “Song of India”) plant.
I have great admiration for those who can grow plants because it requires discipline, patience, but most of all love. You can grow plants with just those first two ingredients but you can always tell when there is love.
It was Mr. Faison who taught Alex the “It’s hard to kill a plant” lesson. When she told it to me I immediately made a connection between plants and self-care.
I’m sentimental like that.