Last weekend, Mike and I went to a local home and garden store and came home with two desert plants, an aloe plant (my choice) and a beaver tail cactus (his). As we were driving back home, Mike recalled how his son had named his own cactus “Connor.” A good name for a cactus, if you ask me. We laughed a little and then proceeded to name our two new additions. The beaver tail cactus is now known as “Franklin,” and my aloe plant is named “Donna.” Don’t ask me why. They just seemed like appropriate names.
At this point, I have to ask myself, what is the appeal of naming inanimate objects? It’s not a common practice for me, but, for the record, my 2006 Corolla is named “Maximillian.” Perhaps I desperately want a pet … or a child! I do really want to own a dog, but I have put off getting one for so long I’m not sure I will ever have one. There always seems to be a reason not to (I work too much, I want to travel, dogs are expensive, etc). As for children…. well, they’re cute and all, but I’m starting to think I should want one more than I currently do at my age.
So, for now I think I will stick to caring for, nurturing – and naming – plants. We are moving into our new place tomorrow and I can’t wait to start an herb garden, followed by some flowers, and maybe even some vegetables, eventually. And the house is full of windows. I can’t wait to fill it with air plants, scindapsis, and lots and lots of the prickliest cactuses we can find!