Monday, April 20, 2009

Manic Monday: Plant

Prompt by Mo at Manic Monday

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that Gus and I had gone to Lowe's to buy some gardening supplies. We planted an indoor garden of arugula, tomatoes, basil, parsley and some mixed flowers. It took a while for the tomato plant to sprout, but finally, we saw a little seedling about an inch long. I put in a wood stake for it. We were all very excited because we had started to think that we would have to start over. Well, someone got a little too excited.

Yesterday, I was upstairs putting away laundry when I heard Gus saying something like, "It will grow back," to MM. I felt a pang of panic go through me, but there was no screaming or crying, so I kept at my task. Less than a minute later, MM trudged up the stairs with something in her hand.


"Ugh," was the first thought my brain was able to form, followed by, "What now?"


Here is the "what now"

Asperger's, autism, gardening, Manic Monday, memes, blogs, nature, mistakesInside the red circle is what remains of our tomato seedling. Gus plucked off the top half of it because he, "wanted to see if it would magically grow." Damn that Jack and the Beanstalk. One of these days I will learn to anticipate what my little Aspie's brain is going to come up with next. In the meantime, only supervised visits to the garden area.

We're hoping the plant is tough enough to recover. Gus still insists it will grow back. We'll see. I've given the plant some Reiki, and I think that will help. If anyone has tomato or gardening expertise, any advice would be greatly appreciated. To be continued...


  1. Oh no, what a shame! I hope it recovers OK. I guess that's how kids learn about things!

  2. Humor probably helps. That little tomato may have died a hero just to give you a teaching moment, but I hope it grows back instead for its pains.

  3. I'm new to your blog and but it looks excellent. Gus must be your child and MM is? Anyway, great story and great for Manic Monday. Just think positive and that tomato plant will survive and be strong and you will probably get the best tomato's ever. Have a great Monday and a great week :)

  4. I just saw on Lost blog that you are now here rather than Today. I will add you to be ex-today blog list. Glad to see you around!


  5. Chun, Jamie & Thom: Thanks for the comments! I'm not giving up hope yet, but they're not looking so great. But we're still trying!

    Kelly: Wild what's been going on! Soon as I can get my act together, I'm going to create a blogroll for ex-Today bloggers too ad I'll add you!

  6. Every experience, here, is a learning experience. There's a lot to learn, but also rewards.

  7. Oh I have been there--know the feeling. But they're so cute in their innosence :-) The tomato plant should grow back, give it time.

  8. Hi Andrea, I've added you at my own ex-Td.c blogroll too. Gotta stick together. And because of all this, I'm meeting a whole bunch of great new people.

    Shame about the tomato plant, but it does sound like this is a learning experience, one way or another. For whom...? I guess you'll find out eventually, eh?

  9. hi andrea
    this is denise....from hcd
    just came across your blog by accident and it is fantastic....i enjoy reading about gus and mm....i was trying to contact you through email but couldnt find the address....i love to read these really have a great way of telling them....please email me when you have some spare


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