A cactus garden.
My mother collected cactus for as long as I can remember.
They were her quiet passion amidst political turmoil of her time.
She has just a few now... all that she can take care of.
I wish I appreciated her tenderness and love for them more.
Recently, slowly, one by one, I began to collect them.
Friends have given me cuttings to start.
My first purchase was a small Desert Rose at the farmers market.
I can't wait for it to bloom but I will.
As I patiently wait, I will remember my mother's loving care towards
all that is around her, even pokey plants.