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  • Plants. They are quite boring but pretty and undeniably wise beings. In constant search of enlightenment, they know the importance of letting go, the difference between essential and superfluous.

    I watered my plants this evening, for the second time in months. (In Italy, for green thumb, we say "pollice verde." A dear friend used to tell me I have "pollice verso", thumbs down, instead.)

    Before I became the one responsible for them, they were beautiful bougainvilleas. Now they are so dry they look like they're made of dust. Yet I am hopeful for these plants, I believe I can water them back to life.

    As I was making trips from the kitchen to the balcony filling and emptying jugs of water, I remembered how much fun it was to do experiments, in school, like the one with lentil sprouts.

    Put lentils in wet cotton wool and they will sprout. Because plants need water.

    Keep watering the sprouts and leave them in the sun, they'll grow green and strong and straight. Because plants need light.

    Stop giving them water, they will dry out. True, plants need water.

    Give them water again, before it's too late, they'll grow back green and a little less strong but straight. Because water is amazing.

    Lock them in a cupboard with no light they'll grow straight but not so strong strong, and yellow. True, plants need light.

    Take the key out of the keyhole in the cupboard you've locked the sprouts in. Wait. Then open the cupboard and the sprouts will be green and strong enough but all crooked. They bend towards the keyhole to catch the light filtering through.

    Because life naturally changes direction, and bends quite easily, when it finds a source of fulfillment.
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