Sunday, September 14, 2008

African Violets



Lovely, and in nearly constant bloom, these tempermental plants have won their way into my heart and perhaps into the souls of my children as well. You see, I have fond memories of my mother's humble collection when I was younger. I recall here swabbing the pollen from some of the blooms with a Q-tip, attempting to pollenate another specimen in asperations of creating a new variety with which to accessorize her home. I recall her talking about how many of her family members back East had even larger displays of their own, and how some were even active members of the African Violet Society. Somehow their passion had made its way into her being, just as hers has done to me.


Years later I see that same enthusiasm brewing in my own children. "Mom, look at these!" Christina declares at every store selling African Violets we shop at. "Can I have this sucker?" they all say regaurding a new plant shooting off the side of an older one. (It's not everyday that you meet a child who knows what to "propagate" means, much less how to do it.) Lets just say that at the rate we are going I wouldn't be the least bit suprised if we had someone in the family decide to go into horticology in the near distant future!


How many of you have similar sentimental interrests? Have the hobbies of your loved ones not only impassioned you, but shaped your destiny as well? I'd love to hear from you and know!

5 comments:

Rebecca said...
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Rebecca said...

I love African Violets. I am however not good at keeping them alive and I can't keep them producing flowers...

I have found that my children share the same passions that I have. We spend time together singing and we learn new songs all the time. I have a writer (Aislyn); an artist (Evan) and a baker (Allisa).

shydandelion said...

I love herbs and tiny trees. That is all I can really manage to keep alive. Jeremy made me a wood planter for our anniversary this year and it has been WONDERFUL! I love plants! Joshua likes to help me water them, although he is perhaps a little over enthusiastic with his watering.

Chris said...

What the crap! Who deleted their comment? As Davola would say, "I'm gonna gut you!"

Does gaming count as a similar sentimental interest? If so, Davola and I are all over that one!

nespsm - Who! An abbreviated form of Nepotism. Is that ironic or what?

DebbieLou said...

Sure, you can count games, but are they really sentimental, or just semi-mental?