I walked outside and was horrified to see my New Guinea Impatiens plants (only 4 days old) slumped over in the throes of death with all stems limply hanging over the edge of the each pot.
I have to confess I have what others call a "black thumb" because of the many plants I've killed in the past by improper care, but not outside in Hawaii.
Over the weekend, we'd had torrential downpours from a passing tropical storm and I assumed our plants were seriously overwatered. Fortunately for us, our talented landscaper Casey was nearby, so we showed him our latest victims. He told us, "I think they need water." We swore that couldn't be, that is, until we stuck our fingers into a pot and touched the parched-hardened soil. We were wrong.
Casey then proceeded to kindly show us how to properly water our new plants with just enough water. As I touched a stem on one plant it was starting to turn black. Watering seemed futile. I had lost again.
Less than two hours later, I was talking to Doug and looked outside his office window only to see both plants with all stems magically standing upright. Doug and I raced outside to take a closer look and were truly amazed. Just that one watering was enough to revive these plants.
My first thought was, "I want to be as tough as these plants." I also remembered that almost 80% of us are chronically dehydrated. Are we similarly not noticing or misreading the signs?
Metaphorically, I started to wonder, "how many of us or our loved ones are thirsty for something and withering inside?" Here too, we and those around us may not recognize or may misread the signs.
How grateful Doug and I are for having friends, family and professionals in our lives, like Casey, who see the signs and with kindness and patience help us pay attention to them, while learning what to do in a way we can do so on our own in the future. I ask you to consider "What are you or your loved ones thirsty for? What do you plant (or plan) to do next? :)