“Life is a garden. Dig in.”
Most people don’t want to think about dying, in spite of pets and houseplants and friends and neighbors. But what if we could put a happy spin on death? (Is she drinking again?)
Enter, the Catalpa tree. This tree became my absolute favorite when I was in a girl’s boarding school. The garden there housed a few of these trees which burst forth (poetic, isn’t it?) with a myriad (lots) of orchid like blossoms every spring. The sweet aroma was intoxicating.
Recently, I heard about a way to become a tree after demise (death). There’s a service that takes cremains and places them into a cylinder with a tree sapling where a deceased can become one with the tree, in a round about sort of way, and nourish the new sapling. This will create the illusion of remaining on earth in another form. Unfortunately, they did not have a Catalpa tree in their catalogue as an option.
I will now attempt to bring these disparate thoughts together. It’s most likely that a member of the family will adopt the deceased, the tree. As a Catalpa tree, it would be possible to annoy said member of the family twice a year! In the spring, after the bloom, hundreds of flowers from the tree drop off and mess up a yard.
But wait. There’s more! The Catalpa tree then produces long pods that turn dark and dry and fall all over the yard for a second time! Deceased annoying children again! These sentences just beg for exclamation points, don’t they?
About a year ago I was parked along a fence in a parking area, when what to my wondering eyes did appear. There was a Catalpa tree on the other side of the fence with seed pods hanging down next to my car. Sort of. I reached over and borrowed a pod.
My goal is to get some of the seeds to germinate so I can start my own Catalpa tree. Today I planted some of these seeds (5) in a mug. If you want something, plant a seed. Care for it. Then wait.
Aren’t the kids going to be surprised!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.