When Nate and I first started dating, I was a little apprehensive of his lack of responsibilities. Sure, he had a high demand job that took up a significant amount of his time, but other than that...no kids, no pets, not even a single plant to take care of. I wanted to take baby steps in testing his ability to care for something that needed him, so about a month into our relationship I bought him a tiny succulent in this little pot. He put that succulent in his kitchen window and researched how much light and water it would need to grow and followed those instructions diligently. I gave him a couple more plants over the next few months and when I saw that they were all thriving, after six months of dating, he met the kids.
Last weekend, as we were moving him out of his house, I noticed the succulent had grown to about 15 inches and was bent over and without thinking I took it out of the pot roots and all, threw it in the garbage and packed up the empty pot. A couple hours later he noticed the empty pot in a box and frantically asked where the succulent was. “That was the first plant you ever gave me - where did you throw it away?”. He proceeded to dig through the trash to find the plant and upon finding it, calmly handed it to me, explaining that he had learned that you can repot succulent cuttings a certain way and they will grow new roots and form a new plant. He then sent me an article on how to do this. I found this fitting because while I’m the one who has my own children, he has taught me more about loving and nurturing and taking care of others than I could have ever taught him. This picture is of the tip of that succulent I gave him back in November 2015. It’s getting a second chance and digging in to form new roots. Just like us❤️🌱 #secondchances #newbeginnings
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