It was May of 2001. My granddaughter, Alicia, dropped in after school with something to show me. The children in her first grade class had all been given two pots, some potting soil and two "mystery" seeds. As soon as their seeds germinated, they were to take them home and nurture them, and hopefully watch them mature into....into what?
So Alicia brought her plants to Grandma, because Grandma had a garden to put them in.
She watched the little seedlings grow stronger and stronger.
And when they were big enough, they went into Grandma's garden. The big "mystery plant" directly into the soil and the small one into a larger pot.
Soon the large "mystery plant" grew taller than Alicia, and put forth a beautiful sunflower.
Alicia and her Grandma loved the sunflower, but they knew it couldn't live forever. Or...maybe it could! Grandma dragged out her old easel and paints and brushes, and sketched a picture of the sunflower onto a canvas. Alicia donned a big T-shirt to keep the paint off of her clothing, and (with a little bit of help from Grandma), She proceeded to paint a picture of the beautiful flower. First she painted the leaves.
Then she began painting the petals.
She painted carefully......
And the Everlasting Sunflower was created.
So what happened to the small mystery plant, you ask?
It was a tomato. We ate it.