Adopting A Succulent Showed Me How Rewarding Being Responsible Truly Is

Adopting A Succulent Showed Me How Rewarding Being Responsible Truly Is

For someone who was notorious for accidentally killing plants, this was a huge step in the right direction.

For the past two weeks, I've had the opportunity to take care of my own plant after years of failing. Part of me told myself to never adopt a plant because when I was younger, I would accidentally kill plants by pouring soap water in the soil to give them baths and whatnot. I'd never wanted to harm any of them, but because I didn't seem to have the magical touch, I prevented myself from getting a plant.

But as I passed by the succulent section at Home Depot a few weeks ago, I couldn't help but decide that it was finally time to see if I was able to take care of a living plant. I have to admit, the first few days were pretty nerve-wracking because I spent a lot of time worrying if I had given it enough sunlight or if I was following a good watering schedule. Thankfully, there were actually a lot of people with the same concerns online, so I had a clear vision for how I wanted to take care of the little succulent.

I then took to my social media to ask others what I should name my plant, and it came down to four choices: Dave, Carl, Lucy and Drake. After waiting a few hours for the majority vote to come in, the name had been decided, and the plant was named Dave.

I spend a lot of time around my desk just working, being on my phone or watching TV, but I felt that the best place to put Dave would be on my desk right underneath my lamp. That way, I'd be able to take care of it as I was going about my own day, and I'd have a little bit of décor to complement my otherwise-boring work area.

The toughest part of it all was watering the plant according to schedule because succulents are known for their ability to hold onto water long enough to last through droughts and long periods of time in general. I didn't know how often Dave had been watered before I had come along, so I figured watering it once a week as stated in the directions wouldn't harm it.

I watched carefully to make sure the leaves weren't changing color and texture according to how much water the plant had. Yellow and wrinkly meant the succulent did not have enough water, and mushy and black spots meant it was overwatered. There were a few black spots when I first brought the succulent home, but they eventually stopped showing up after a few days without water. A week later, the leaves weren't yellow and didn't gain any more spots, so I knew that a weekly watering schedule was perfect.

I really figured that I got the hang of the whole taking-care-of-a-plant gig, but there wasn't much evidence that I was succeeding besides the fact that Dave wasn't dying. Fortunately, a week after I bought it, I measured its height, and it had grown a centimeter to become six centimeters tall.

Now I know that this isn't anything major because plants are constantly growing, but for someone who was notorious for killing plants, this meant that I was really doing a good job! And I knew that no matter how much or little work it took to take care of a plant, the end result of watching it grow was worth it.

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An Open Letter To My Dog In Heaven

You're so incredibly loved and missed.

You have been there every day for so long. I woke up and went to bed every day knowing you were there and would still be there when I awoke the next morning. You never failed to greet me with an ecstatic wagging tail and an adorable toothy smile whenever I walked into the room. I missed you every single second that we weren't together. We have been the best of friends since the day we met, and our bond has only strengthen throughout the years.

However, as I grew older, so did you. As I was able to do more, you were able to do less. I was able to drive, go to the movies on my own, and apply to college. But you, you couldn't jump as high anymore, you couldn't run as fast as you used to, you couldn't swim as much as you would have liked. Even when your abilities declined, you still remained the happiest pup I had ever met and would continue to always try your hardest to make me happy.

Then the day came. That dreadful, dreadful day. The day where I had to watch you take your last breath as I laid by your side, the day where I had to watch the vet take away the best friend that I had ever known. As horrible as that moment was, and as sad as I still am, I am at peace.

I am at peace because I know that you are in a much, much better place. I know that as soon as you took your last breath here on Earth, God swept your beautiful, innocent soul from the ground and flew you to Heaven. I know that you have gained your furry little wings that you so rightfully deserve, and I am proud that I was able to know and love such an amazing little angel as you.

As I am still here on Earth, I can't say that I know what Heaven above is like for you, but I hope that you are truly having the time of your life. I hope that you are surrounded by perfectly green meadows filled with colorful flowers and blanketed by the bluest skies and the brightest rays of sunshine. I hope that you have hundreds of different lakes, ponds, streams, and even oceans to swim in as much as your sweet little heart pleases. I hope that you have already met with all of our relatives up there and that they give you endless treats and belly rubs, since I no longer can. I hope that all of your pain and suffering has vanished, allowing you to be the young, energetic pup that you once were and have been longing to be for so long now.

Even though we are no longer physically together anymore, you will forever remain in my heart and soul. You were a blessing sent from above, and now, God needs you back. Thank you for completing me and teaching me important life lessons; I will carry you with me everywhere I go until we meet again. I love you, my guardian angel.

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Every Household Needs A Dog

Dog lovers have got it right.


Whether it's 101 Dalmatians or a St. Bernard named Beethoven, every household needs a dog. Forget cats, fish, and hamsters! They have their perks but nothing beats a dog. I mean look at that face!

Here are eight reasons dogs are a must:

1. They are great with kids


When trained properly, dogs make great playmates for kids. They give children the opportunity to develop and interact with the natural world around them.

2. They are protective


From the smallest pup to the largest dog, all dogs will protect your home from any danger. Whether it is from a lizard that crept in or a burglar, your dog will alarm you of any unwanted guests.

3. They make great companions


Dogs have a great intuition to tell if you are feeling down. They are readily there to offer comfort. Dogs also are always ready to celebrate with you. They jump even at the simple act of you coming home.

4. They love to cuddle


Cold nights watching Netflix just got 100 times better with your furry friend. They will even cover your eyes during the scary parts of the movie.

5. They make you laugh


Dogs have their own sense of humor that is incomparable to any other. With simply chasing their tails, you can be entertained for hours.

6. They bring you gifts


Dogs are generous by nature. They see your shoes on the ground, they will bring them to you. They see a cool stick, they'll want you to see it too.

7. They are loyal


I've never seen a service cat. But I sure have seen a service dog. Dogs are loyal and obedient. Once you fall for each other, they never leave your side.

8. They are adorable


Finally, dogs are just so darn cute! How can you say no to loving them!!

Dogs are the best! You can have other pets, but a dog is a must.

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