Monthly Archives: February 2014

Thorny Subject: Plants and Kids Both Love to Scratch

Don't scratch me, bro. Credit Dalia Colón.

Don’t scratch me, bro. Credit Dalia Colón.

I’ve noticed a few commonalities between my crown of thorns plant and my daughter:

  1. Both love water.
  2. Both look good in pink.
  3. And both have a propensity to scratch.

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‘Más Glitter Please’

She begins timidly enough. Credit Dalia Colón.

She begins timidly enough.
Credit Dalia Colón.

I meant well.

Hubby was traveling for work, and there were a few hours until Norah’s bedtime. So in an effort to engage my daughter in my new gardening habit — and let’s face it: kill time — I let her paint an old terra cotta pot.

Normally, Norah hates getting her hands dirty. If there’s there’s the tiniest spec of yogurt on her fingers, she begs me for a napkin. When I wanted to make a handprint craft for my husband’s birthday, my friend Diana had to help me sedate Norah.

Well, I guess her neat freak phase is over, because when I gave her the paints, she went to town — first with a brush, then with her hands.

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