Which Kind of Plant Am I?

zz-plant   pothos-plant   philo-plant

(left to right: ZZ plant, pothos, philodendron)

In my living room, directly across from my place on the sofa, a ZZ plant sits on top of the stereo. I bought it several years ago at Home Depot for a reasonable price. It looked interesting. Intriguing. Even though I’d never heard of a ZZ plant and knew little about its care, it was worth taking a chance on.

Have you ever had a houseplant that seemed to thrive on neglect?

That’s my zz plant. It remains equally healthy whether I water it once a week or once a month. And it seems to enjoy being pot-bound. Although it gets strong indirect light, I have no doubt that I could move it to a dark corner and see no loss of health.

To the best of my knowledge, the only leafy stem it’s ever lost resulted from somebody accidentally bending it. Can’t blame the plant for that.

I wish the pothos and philodendron growing in water and hanging on the wall behind me were as cooperative as my ZZ plant. But they’re at least surviving.

I view my houseplants as symbolic of ways to view old(er) age. I have a choice. I can view my life as a matter of simply hanging in there, like the pothos and philodendron. Or I can realize that I’m actually thriving now in spite of the fact that some of life’s circumstances make me feel slightly pot-bound.

I think I’ll choose to be thankful that I’m doing as well as I am. I can’t let my ZZ plant get the better of me. Or let my faith in God’s providence shrink. After all, He’s my gardener, and I’m happy to let my welfare be in His hands.

What about you? Are you thriving or just hanging in there? Are you letting God work in your life or trying to depend solely on your own strength? How about leaving a comment?


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4 thoughts on “Which Kind of Plant Am I?

  1. I’m thriving, Teach… and one of the things that keeps my interest is writing… It seems to me that writing, more than any other activity, helps me to understand my own mind as well as the world around me. I get excited to start writing. And when I really bang a homer (so to say) I feel sweet… as for plants, well, I do not keep house plants but I keep a garden when I can and what interests me most is vegetables. I love to grown pappers, tomatos, squash as well as aromatics. I’ve had many gardens in Maryland and Texas but the epitome of gardening can be done here in Colombia. I had one garden with about 300 plants, including several types of basil, rosemary, thyme, lemmon grass, Cidron, anise, mint, hierbabuena, to name few… it was fantastic. I can’t seem to get the knack for plants just to take up space. I did, however, have some fabulous morning glories once… loved those…


    • Tom, it does sound like you’re thriving. Your garden really sounds special. Thanks for sharing that bit of yourself here. By the way, I’ve just added a lengthy short story (about 20 pages) to my website. I’d really like your reaction to it. Check it out at .


  2. OK. Just got word i will be travelling to Washington DC on the 18 of this month (until the 25). My brother lives in Annapolis and I will be visiting there. WOuld love to see you and collect my prize!!!


  3. So glad to hear you’ve finally got that trip finalized. And am I ever thankful that’s a couple of days after my daughter and her family return to Orlando. It’s been two years since we’ve seen our grandson. I sure want to see you, Tom. Just have to figure out the best way to do it. My wife and I could drive up to Annapolis the Saturday you’re there. That’s about the only day she’s available, and I really want her to be able to come. Of course, if you could borrow a car from your brother (Jim, is it?) and come down to Richmond, it could be practically any day. What do you think? By the way, I think I should mail your book to your brother (need his address, please) just in case we miss connections.


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