A month ago, this pot contained frost bitten, brown, dead leaves; the fading echo of a summer impulse buy. I bought this Gerbera Daisy in June, from the "Plant Orphanage"; which is a rack full of mistreated, forgotten and rejected plants at a home improvement store. (Or plants that had gone through bloom cycle and were otherwise viewed as undesirable.)
The little daisy was waning in health when I brought it home, but sun and regular care encouraged a new, youthful, fullness. It was my habit all summer to pry through her lush leaves and look for buds, which this rescue plant blessed us with many. However, seasons change in the Northeast and our sweet daisy is a Southern Belle, to be grasped only by hands of memory come winter. We recently had a warm snap, only a brief three days, but it was enough to encourage a tiny, bud of potential floral magic. I brought her into the house, removed all the dead leaves and waited, patiently, hoping. Her late season display was the most striking of all her summertime glory, we were honored by an incredible bloom.
Let this darling daisy prove that your value is not determined by your bloom cycle, or failure to thrive. This plant didn't choose to be put in a short term, and ill fated relationship with our Northeastern gardens. It cannot take itself to where it truly belongs. If you cannot adapt, and thrive where you are, pull up your emotional roots and plant them in more fertile soil and warmer surroundings because there's a brighter you waiting to grow. Your first bloom cycle, followed by waning foliage, does not measure the performance of your spirit in future bloom cycles; there are many more to come.
Bring Dinner Home
Bring Dinner Home: http://www.bringdinnerhome.org
Being a kid is a struggle, but having something to eat should NEVER be a concern for our children.
The Month of November FoxFern Studios and Jennifern are working in honor of "Bring Dinner Home", an organization dedicated to Camden Street Elementary School and providing meals for any student that needs it.
Food Insecurity for children in the U.S. is much higher than many realize; 20% of children under 18 y/o in 38 states and D.C. The effects of missing just one meal can be surprising. Studies indicate children attending school hungry, have a shorter attention span, have trouble retaining information, struggle to follow concepts or ideas and even spend time thinking about their the discomfort from hunger, instead of what they should be learning.
The month of November and December, 10% of profits will be donated to the "Bring Dinner Home" organization to support its efforts to provide food, books, coats and resources to kids that may not otherwise have access.
Please visit the "Bring Dinner Home" website to see how you can help.
From the website: http://www.bringdinnerhome.org/#story-sect
The Story of Bring Dinner Home
Literacy rates at Camden Street School have improved since the program’s inception.
There is an undeniable and profound connection between hunger and a child’s ability to succeed in school, and in life. That’s why, in partnership with Principal Sam Garrison, Monica C, Smith chose to adopt Camden Street Elementary School for the “Bring Dinner Home” program. The goal is to offer children and their families meaningful proof that others care about their well-being and futures. As the school motto promises, Camden Street is where students get the skills they need to achieve their dreams.
The obstacles faced by the students of Camden Street School are immense:
National statistics and more information regarding food insecurity for children can be found at the Feeding America website:
My special thanks to Mr. Vince Sia, who brought this honorable cause to my attention. Hugs, Fern
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