Thursday, January 13, 2011


When I was first in therapy, I talked a lot about how I hated my job.  Kids (and parents) could be mean and disrespectful.  I felt like administration had a trip wire set up, ever raising it higher so that one was destined to fail.  I was permanently carrying myself like a beaten dog does - slumped shoulders and ducked head.  Most of the time, I missed my cats.  I realized later I missed them because I would hold them like children hold baby dolls for comfort.  It felt like the space I had at school was impersonal and cold.

My therapist suggested doing some things to make the space mine.  She posed the idea as an exercise - if I were an animal at the zoo, what would I need to feel at home.  So I made a few changes.  Most notably, I put up pictures of *B* and my cats.  That helped out a bit.  I also made an emergency bag, but I bought a really pretty bag that made me feel happy and warm (I'm a little bit of a Vera Bradley junkie.  Just a little.) 

That was over a year ago now, and I've realized I'm still missing one vital piece of my habitat - plants.  I love plants of all kinds, and there's very little greenery in my office.  One person has an aloe plant that looks like it might be plastic.  The best/worst part is I have a really nice sunny window just behind my desk.  So I'm debating on what plant(s) I should bring into work.

Should I get a spider plant?
By Wildfeuer (Own work (own photo)) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC-BY-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Some mint perhaps?


So a question to all of you out there:  what plant(s) should I use to brighten up my work space and keep the air here fresh and clean?

1 comment:

  1. Grow something from seeds as a project with your kids. An avocado seed spouts into a really attractive plant. Sprout beans or radishes. Or just pick plants that you like. I like plants a lot. I feel better when I'm around a lot of plants. What makes you feel good?