I sat cross-legged in my garden, well aware I wasn’t supposed to still do that at my age. I hear people talking– another thing they act like I can’t do. True, some eighty-one-year-olds can’t hear worth beans, but I think for many, it’s a pretty good act. Why, Henry Walters zips around on his scooter and pretends he doesn’t see people in front of him or hear their screams as they scamper out of his way. Oh, but I’ve seen the grin on his face as he zooms by; ornery old coot!
I plucked frost-bitten leaves off my lantana. It wasn’t supposed to freeze in March, but sometimes God doesn’t much care about rules.
I glanced at my granddaughter, Emma, suspecting my daughter sent her on a fishing expedition. “Hi, sweetie.”
“That plant looks half dead.”
“Ah, but inside, it’s very much alive.” Like me, I thought.
“I doubt it will bloom again,” Emma said.
“It had a rough winter, but sure as I speak, those yellow flowers will be back. To sort of quote Gloria Gaynor, ‘it will survive’.”
Emma wrinkled her forehead, “Who?”
“Never mind.” Emma was an old soul. Sometimes I forgot she’d only lived eleven years.
“Mom’s scared you’re gonna die. You’re not, are you?” Worry creased her brows.
I wiped my hands on my polyester pants and cupped her face in them. I had to admit that against her youth, the contrast of old, wrinkled, sun-spotted hands didn’t look good for me. “Like this lantana, I will survive this season too.” I felt my will crack. I turned back to my weathered plants so Emma wouldn’t see.
“So you’re not going to follow Grandpa?”
I half laughed, half snorted. “I miss Grandpa with all my heart, but he reminded me I still have a garden to tend. Besides, he promised he’d be waiting for me when my work here was done.”
My tears reminded me: I needed to water the garden.
Survive: to continue to function or prosper despite : withstand <they survived many hardships>
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