Last year in September, Nolemana and I had to do an appraisal in Battle Ground, Washington. We were zipping along I-5 when sudddenly I realized that I’d missed the exit. Sheesh! ‘A‘ole pilikia [no problem]. I just kept driving till we got to the next exit, which happened to be in Woodland.
I remembered that there was a Visitors’ Center there, and asked Nolemana if we could stop by and check out a way to get back to Battle Ground along back roads instead of the freeway. So stop we did. It’s a cute building with a wonderful mural on the outside.
While talking with the friendly volunteers, I noticed an absolutely gorgeous African Violet that was blooming on the counter, and asked if I could have a leaf to start a plant of my own. They readily agreed, and I cut off the leaf, surrounded the stem in a wet paper towel, and after getting directions for where we wanted to go, Nolemana headed on our way back to Battle Ground. (I’ll post the wonderful serendipity of that visit next time.)
When we got home, I took the leaf, cut it on the diagonal, and planted it in straight sand in a small kine pot. Then I gently watered the sand and put a plastic Ziploc bag over it.
And then I waited.
I checked on the bag regularly to make sure nothing was drying out. Then I waited.
And checked some more.
All I saw was a nice green leaf.
At least it wasn’t mahkediedead.
Then I waited some more.
Months went by.
And more months.
Yesterday, almost fourteen months later, I casually checked the Ziploc bag again. Oh my gosh! It worked!!!
I can hardly believe it!! I get keiki [baby]!!! Easy labor, too! Heh heh. Just look at that kewt face!!