“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

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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.

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