A Plant, A Partner, A Daughter, A Granddaughter

On the day that my life partner, Barbara, and I moved in together she had a tiny plant, about a foot tall, that she called Benjamin Fig (Ficus Benjamina).  That was August, 1988.  I knew what a Ficus plant was because I once had one in my office and it was big.  I commented that I had never seen such a small Ficus plant.  She told me that she bought the plant in August, 1972 when she moved into an apartment with a bunch of girls just off the L.S.U. campus in Baton Rouge.  And she said the plant had never grown, not even an inch, for those 16 years.  Within …..

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