This plant will always have a special place in my heart. It is the last remaining offspring from dad’s precious collection. Actually, I didn’t think much of it back then when dad first gave it to me. But somehow, as the days went by, this plant began to take on a new meaning in my life. Now that my old folks have left this world forever, I will not be able to touch, hug or talk to them ever again. Honestly, I do not need a plant to remind me of them or the beautiful memories that we had shared together as parent and child. But I am glad to know that this orchid is still living and growing. I can only think about the happy times of our lives. Strangely, plants do not bring back sad memories, only happy ones. I’d like to associate plants with joy and happiness. There is this great sense of accomplishment that I feel each time I see my plants grow, bloom and/or bear fruits.
From a tiny young thing, this orchid had grown into a fleshy and beautiful plant. I have spent many evenings tending to it, often wondering when it will ever bloom. Dad has the mother plant at his home in Ipoh. Dad’s orchid was blooming continuously with flowers. But why was mine still showing no signs of any buds yet? He relied on natural rainwater from the skies or tap water sprayed from a hose. Is it something to do with having a ‘green thumb’?
I shall always miss you, your guidance and advice.
You were wonderful parents who taught us well about life.
You had given us a happy childhood,
that was filled with wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
You nurtured us and gave us a decent education.
Home was a happy place, always filled with warmth and love.
You were our protector, home doctor, teacher, walking dictionary, moral/environmental/nature educator, fengshui master, life's coach,
Everything a child could expect of the parents.
I want to tell my children, future grandchildren and great great grandchildren, about the both of you and all that you were.
You are now our guardian angel from heaven, watching over us on earth.
You may be gone, but your memory shall live on forever in our minds.
Never gone, never far
In my heart is where you are
Always close, everyday, every step along the way
Even though for now we've gotta say goodbye
I know you will be forever in my life
.... Back Street Boys song “Never Gone”
Updated 19 Nov 2012
This moth, the Oleander Hawk Moth (Daphnis nerii) was spotted again on my garden on the morning of Saturday, 17 Nov 2012. I have waited 5 long years. Now, finally I could take it's picture! You bet how happy I am to see, to be able to hold it on the palm of my hand and whispered my secret wish to it before I let it go. With this I think I had gone FULL CIRCLE.
My related post - GBBD Nov 2012, a Giveaway.