Never Say Die

Back about a month and a half ago, I wrote “Cactus As Teacher,” a brief photo-post about the lessons in perseverence and resilience learned from a decrepit prickly pear cactus pad that was still managing to nourish five flourishing offspring sprouts even as it lay dying across the top of the fence separating our property from our neighbor’s.

What I neglected to update the post with was the discovery a day or so later that the terminally ill pad was all on its own. While I had thought it was connected on the other side of the fence to the sprawling succulent next door, I found that it had broken off and was wasting away using whatever it had left to keep its baby pads growing.

As I’m the kind of sentimental sucker that gets moved by stuff like that, and seeing that without intervention those kids weren’t long for this worls, I went into immediate if somewhat risky action in breaking the five nubs of varying littlenessesses from their perishing parent and plunking them into a pot of soil that I placed  where it would get a fair amount of sun.

I started to throw away the pad that had gotten them this far, but because I’m such a sap I couldn’t even bring myself to do that and instead left that piece in the pot for posterity’s sake.

Well, I’m happy to report all five kids are continuing to acclimate to their new home — even the tiniest one juuuuuust visible at the bottom or the frame (click to enlarge):


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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."