Growing Cacti And Seeing Ourselves In Them

Growing Cacti And Seeing Ourselves In Them
Like many teenagers of my era, I was overly obsessed with what I considered flaws in my physical appearance. Each time I looked in the mirror, all I could see was my big ears, round face, and less than perfect figure. I think this was one reason I developed an affinity for cacti. In comparison with other plants, cacti are both physically and physiologically quite different. From an early age, these differences didn’t go unnoticed by me. When I looked at the round barrels and prickly exteriors of cacti, I didn’t see an oddball of a plant. Instead, I saw something uniquely beautiful.   Thanks to cacti, I eventually learned to appreciate my own unique differences. More importantly, I’ve learned to value differences in others. For years, I’ve kept a collection of cacti on the windowsill above my kitchen sink as a reminder of this valuable lesson. I don’t have … Read More