i am back to my south carolina home! it’s great to be back but seriously i MISS my ohio people! i learned a lot from these people and not just about plants. :) ok i’ve never been a huge fan of people claiming unrelated people as “family”. but i honestly feel like i have two “families” now. maybe it’s because i lived with them for seven weeks. maybe it’s because they’re so comfortable to be with, or maybe it’s just because they’re awesome. :)i’m gonna kinda go backward here and start with the week end i left. tinslie, caroline, gale, and bruce came to pick me up. bruce spent the weekend at sheila’s and the girls came over to plain cityfirst they were going to get there at 2 then it moved to 6 and till they actually got there it was 7. they actually got lost and i could see them across the field driving back and forth. so i jumped in the car and went and found them. when we got back to the house we erupted out of our vehicles and met in a loud group hug in the middle of the driveway. :) that night we went out for chinese and just caught up. the next day they worked in the green house with me.
this picture tells a story all on its own. :)
we went into the house at 12 and had a nice leisurely lunch. when i got back out to the shed afterwards…
they threw a little party for me! it was so sweet! i have the best co-workers ever. there was this giant blue pot that i had been dreaming about getting and they all went in together and bought it for me! i had to cry a little when they told me. they had ice cream and salties and a card. it was perfect. :)
we had to take some group pictures of course. something funny happens when you lift heavy trays of flowers around every day for weeks on end. mom says i’m so much stronger now! we call it the greenhouse effect. :)
kendra, jonita, brenda, janessa, carmen, me, glori
my last day…
it was so weird working and knowing i won’t be back on monday to unload plants, trim, cash, or water. quite sad actually! that night the youth played volley ball at a gym.
and then it was sunday. my last day in plain city! renita invited the youth girls over for lunch. that was awesome. a few more hours to put off saying goodbye. :)this is actually a picture taken a while ago. these youth girls made me feel very welcome and made it a party! they have a special place in my heart. :)
we loaded up the van with my many flowers and flower pots, and then sat around not wanting to leave.
micah and jonathon flew their airplanes for us.
the goats were just tickled pink with their sunday afternoon visitors.
it’s dumb but leaving just felt like the end of everything. i knew i’d see them again but in my emotional, sleep-deprived state it was hard to keep that in mind! i had to fight tears a few times. :) take jonita for example. she literally had the power to make or break my time there. but she just took me in under her wing and became another sister. :) she would fuss at me to take care of myself and watch out for me. we had late night chats and she brought out her creative side on sunday afternoons and taught me how to do ombre’ paintings. borrowing shoes and sweaters. inside jokes like tall, dark, and handsome. :) i count her as one of my good friends.
then there was jolynn and micah. they did the brotherly duties of scaring and teasing that must be taught at brother school. :) they were also called into service for things that my brothers have to do that most brothers don’t. i’ve mentioned that i have lyme. well sometimes funny things happen to me and i’m not able to walk. i had a spell up there where my legs wouldn’t support me. unfortunately i was outside when they gave out. the boys were very gentlemanly and hauled me inside and up the steps. they handled it really well and didn’t make me feel weird!
jonathon and renita watched out for me and treated me like part of the family. renita made sure i got food and pills and jonathon taught me a lot about efficiency in the greenhouse. :)
i’m planning on seeing them next month at family week! can’t wait! right now that feels like a LONG time away! we had an uneventful ride home. well except for getting stuck in the bathroom and making our own tooth paste commercials. :) it was so good to be home again. i told mom i had forgotten how overgrown, redneck, and awesome the south is. my sister is getting married in two weeks and there’s a lot to do yet! so that’s been keeping me really busy. i guess i should really head to bed. tomorrow is another day filled with wedding details and house work. gotta love it! :) good night y’all!