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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Death of a Succulent

Once upon a time there was a cactus named Willy. He lived in a nursery with lots of other plants, but his best friends were Biff and Happy. One day they were packed into a truck and taken to the local grocery store where they proudly preened themselves in front of all the lovely ladies who came by looking for house plants.

One day an old lady came by and looked the three of them over. After a great deal of checking out all the other plants, she finally decided to take Willy, Biff, and Happy.

"Whooee!" yelped Willie. "We've got a new home!"

"Yeah, and we'll all be together forever," answered Biff. "I want the window seat!"

Happy budged him saying, "Nope! I get it this time. You got to be by the window when we came here in the truck."

The three of them kept spiking at each other all the way along the grocery store conveyer belt. The clerk put them in the same bag and all the way home in the ugly old lady's car, Willy got the top spot. Biff and Happy weren't very happy with the situation.

"Ouch! Ouch!" they kept yelling.

The old lady put each of them in their very own special pot and placed them together on a table where they could see the TV.

"Cool," said Willy. "I love watching TV."

Every week, the old lady came and gave them all a nice long drink of cool water. And when she did, Willy, Biff, and Happy stood up tall and proud.

But after a few months, the old lady seemed to forget about the three friends.

"I'm thirsty," said Biff.

"So am I," said Happy.

"Me, too," said Willy.
One day Biff fainted. He just lay down all wilty.

The next day Happy fainted. He lay down all wilty, too.

The day after that, Willy just couldn't take it anymore and he started to feel rather droopy.

But suddenly, the old lady remembered about them and came to give them a big long drink of that lovely cool water.

"Glug, glug, glug," went Willy, Biff, and Happy.

But Biff and Happy couldn't take all that water. It was just too much.

"We're drowning!" they cried out.
And down they went. First Biff. Then Happy.

The next morning found Willy all alone. His best friends were gone. They lay there all wilty and wet. And when the old lady noticed after a few days, she took them away leaving Willy to stand up tall and proud as the last surviving friend.

Willy had seen a play on TV. His favourite one was "Death of a Salesman" and it was the story of a man who just couldn't take life anymore. Too much had happened that made him sad. Willy felt like that, too, missing his friends so much.

Even though the old lady gave Willy some water every once in a while, Willy just started to get sadder and sadder.

He started to wilt. First, he felt his tippy top tip curl under a bit. Then, he started to feel weaker in the middle. Willy slowly started to bend. Finally, Willy just couldn't hold himself up anymore, so he let himself fall all the way down onto his dry dirt bed.
"Biff! Happy! I miss you!" he rasped.

And so it came to pass that Willy joined his best friends Biff and Happy in that great big desert in the sky.


meggie said...

Oh dear! I fear some of my plants have gone the way of Poor Willy. I don't have much luck with pot plants. I either overwater or underwater.

PERBS said...

I got a few former plants hat are with them. . . I keep trying tho and some of mine are beautiful. Only cactus I have is a Christmas cactus that bloomed in May! Love how you made a story out of a sad situation! Is there a lesson to be learned? The only part I didn't like was the ugly old lady description. . .

RiverPoet said...

Hilarious! I love that you turned the story of your not-so-green thumb into such an interesting tale.

I have a few plants that supposedly are hard to kill which have joined Willy, Biff, and Happy in that great desert in the sky.

Peace - D

Katney said...

I do that to houseplants, too.

marina said...

Your plant has collapsed from the overwater but I believe that you can save a piece of that if you cut it and put it in the water and plant it again somewhere else. I don't know many about plants but my mom does this all the time. And believe me she knows...After all her father was a gardener!

Daryl said...

How sad ... and funny ...


sally in norfolk said...

fake plants are the answer :-) they look so real no one ever knows lol

nancygrayce said...

Every plant Russell had when we got married soon went the way of your poor plants! I do not have a green thumb!

Jo said...

Oh, gosh, poor Willy, Biff and Happy.

Leslie, I am not going to be obvious and overt and say that sometimes it takes a little more than water to make Willy "stand up tall and proud".

Oh, goodness, did I just say that???

leslie said...

Oh my gawd Josie! YES, you DID say that!

starnitesky said...

Oh dear poor plants, a story well told.

Casdok said...

I had to laugh, but it is also very sad. Well told!

Ellee Seymour said...

You have just reminded me that my son has two cacti in his bedroom that haven't been watered for six months. I don't think he has names for them, though.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, that's so sad! But I am hopeless with plants so feel guilty too....

CrazyCath said...

Awww that is so sad! And so like the cacti I have had...

Really well written Leslie - loved it!

Louise said...

Poor Willy! But I have to think that if those three amigos had lived in my house, it would have happened long before! Very well-written (and funny!) Over from Authorblog.

Merisi said...

Oooooooh! *sad*
I have to confess that I have myself also sent a few plants up to that big desert in the sky. Guilty as charged.

Great writing! :-)

I came over here thanks to David's "Authorblog.

Carol said...

Very creative writing! Totally enjoyable!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

You, I mean the lady and I must have the same not-quite- green thumb!
Dropped in from David's blog.