Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The African Violets

African Violet Flower

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A true account of what happened to me 10 years ago. I was taking care of my mother who had many things wrong with her including right sided heart failure and heart disease. She was in and out of the hospital so many times during the last three years of her life that I lost count. My Mother had a lot of plants around the house and she had a real green thumb. She could get anything to grow. One of her favorites was an african violet plant. Now this plant was suppose to go in full blossom twice a year. My Mother had this african violet for seven years and it was healthy and get very large for that type of plant but, she could never get it to blossom.

Not once in 7 years did that plant blossom. One Saturday morning the ambulance arrived to take my Mother on what turned out to be her last trip to the hospital. As she was being taken out on a stretcher she looked over at the plant and said to me in a weak voice... "You wait that damn plant will wait till I die and then it will go in full blossom". Well she was in the hospital for a little over a week. Then one morning at 8:30 am the hospital called me and said that I needed to come to the hospital as soon as I could and that the doctor was requesting my presence . As I picked up the phone to answer it I looked over and saw that the african violet was in full blossom for the first time in 7 years. I started to shake when i answered the call because I knew it was my Mother's way of saying good-bye and I was correct. About 7 minutes later arrived at the hospital and the doctor got to me in the hallway outside my Mother's room and explained to me that she had passed away.

So my friends, I do think there are such things as the after life, spirits. ghost and other things out there that we just do not understand yet

Until next time my friends take care and stay healthy.

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  1. What a beautiful story, it touched me in a way which I canno explain. Your Mother loves you.

  2. I loved that story! Very husband and I grow violets here in every just about every colour that we can get it in.... they love where we've put them and show off their colours twice a Year and we love it!

  3. Sounds like something my mom would say AND do! LoL Isn't it great?

  4. i witnessed this very event as well. when i was an active rn, i had a patient whose room was filled with plants. she had an orchid that had never bloomed yet she faithfully tended to it with love and due diligence. the day she died, this orchid went from leafless, flowerless to full, vibrant bloom within an hour after she died. a gorgeous coral colored amaryllis that stood tall (it had been slightly bent) and vital within a 60 minute time frame. this patient had been in this nursing home for 7 years and it had never bloomed...not until she had crossed over. we knew she had arrived at heaven's door.