I just want to tell you about something that happened to me. I have never told this to anyone before, because it has so strange and I didn’t think anyone would believe me. Also, it was just so special and close to my heart that I wasn’t sure I wanted to share it with anyone.
But I think it's time.
I love farmer's markets, I love to go and see all the interesting things for sale, and all the different kinds of fruits and vegetables that you never get to see anywhere else. I like to try and talk to the people and ask them about their produce.
Several years ago, on the first of June when the world is busy growing things, I saw the most interesting stall at the market. They were selling plants, some of them with flowers and some that were herbs. I went through them, touching and smelling all the beautiful plants. I'd picked out two kitchen herbs, and then I caught the scent of a new plant I’d never seen before. The smell drew me to the plant, which was beautiful and lush. I didn't know what it was for, but the smell was so nice I had to buy it.
The person selling the plants didn't speak English. I wanted to ask her about the plant, but it was useless. She didn't even want to try to talk about it. She saw I had the other plants, and gave me a price through sign language for those. But the third plant she wouldn't even discuss. I kept asking her for it, and she finally stopped and looked me straight in the face for a moment. I felt very scrutinized, and stood still for her appraisal.
Finally she turned, and handed me the plant, indicating no charge.
I was thrilled! I took them all straight home, before she could change her mind. I set my plants up outside on my sunny balcony, near the swinging seat so I could enjoy them.
Just as I had settled them into place, my doorbell rang. This cute boy I'd just met, and was hoping to get to know a lot better had stopped by to say hello. Of course, I had to show him my new plant.
What do you know? When we went out to look at my mysterious plant, a flower had bloomed. How had I not noticed that before?