Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Day 24 - The need for Water

We all need water. It’s a fact that every living thing needs water. I remember being told as a kid, that you could only survive three days without water. I know now that’s not true. In Haiti, didn’t they just pull a young girl out of the rubble after 15 days? Did she have any water? I’m not sure, but I doubt it. It hasn’t been raining there, so it’s probably a good guess that she didn’t have any water. Anyway, it does prove that you can go longer than three day without it. I wouldn’t want to. I’m wondering how long house plants can go without water. Right now, the houseplants around here have gone over three weeks. Is that too long? What is the right time? Should some be watered more than others? How much water is too much? I never cared about watering houseplants. I think I only watered them if Julia told me to when she was out of town. Well, this is the longest I’ve been away from her in many years. Besides, if we were apart, she was always home and I was gone. This is weird.

All these thoughts came rushing into my head tonight when I realized that I hadn’t watered the houseplants. Now I feel guilty as I write this blog. I feel like they all have eyes and mouth and they are crying “Water, Water”. That is all of them except the fake ones. I know there are some fake ones because I have watered them before. The water just sits on top and doesn’t go into the dirt, because there is no dirt. It’s embarrassing to water fake plants. I wish that they were all fake or all real. Every time I go to water them, maybe tow times a year until now, I get them confused. I guess I’ll figure it out pretty soon. Here I am sitting by the fire drinking a cup of hot tea and my plants are dying of thirst. I think I’ll look at getting some of those globe things that you fill full of water and then stick the pointy end down. Then maybe I can go a month without thinking about them. I’ll have to put it on my calendar to water them so I won’t forget. I promise I’ll water them as soon as I finish writing and drinking my tea.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good day. My mouth seems to be healing well. I don’t have much swelling, and have taken only Advil for pain today. I got out and had an estimate done on the GMC. I had guessed the damage was 1000.00. It didn’t look like too much, but that’s what I figured it would come to. The actual estimate came to 1007.00. It looks like I missed my calling. Anyway, it’s going to be fixed next week. I went to another movie tonight. That’s two in less than a week. It must be a record for me. We saw “Edge of Darkness” with Mel Gibson. I won’t give the whole movie away. It was very well done, and a good one to see. His daughter gets killed early in the movie, and the story is about him trying to find the killer. But the way they did one thing kept reminding me of me. During the movie, his dead daughter kept coming back in flashbacks and he was talking to her. Well, that’s how it has been a lot of the time with me. I will see something that reminds me of Julia, and all of a sudden I get part of a memory, and I find myself talking with her. It’s not always out loud, but sometimes it is. The funny thing is, it is very soothing. So as I was watching the movie, different parts probably meant very different things to me than they would to other people.

The worst thing about having this tooth out is not being able to run for the last few days. I wanted to today. The weather was nice and sunny and it would have been a good day to run. But I don’t think it is wise to exercise yet. Maybe if I continue to get better then I can on Saturday. Of course it’s supposed to be raining, so it will probably be at the “Y”. Oh well, that’s better than nothing. I think this is all for tonight, I see four plants looking at me with thirsty eyes. Where is the watering pitcher?


  1. Oh Tom...this post made me laugh out loud. Thank you for sharing the funny along with your grief. Love, Michelle

  2. I don't think you missed your calling as an estimator, I think it was probably as a writer. I can't wait to read your blogs every night. Please keep it up. What a blessing!