Yesterday Nate and I went to a terrarium making workshop at West Elm. There we are in the @westelmbham Instagram!
Things I thought while learning how to poke holes in the dirt to insert the roots of succulents, which the instructor said were very hearty little plants -- "survivors."
1. That I was ridiculously thankful to be container gardening with my son, on a sunny day. That he was patient in caring for the plants, and so good at it that a lady across the table said, "Can he fix mine?"
2. That this activity felt very on-brand for West Elm. And I wonder how much longer the terrarium thing would be in? Like aside from California, where succulents are always a thing?
3. That I shouldn't be thinking about branding and DIY trends for summer 2016 and should be more in the moment with my tween who was doing something instead of watching YouTube videos of cats and/or Minecraft.
4. But, who the hell cares if I was thinking about lifestyle branding because (duh), that's what I do for a living, and also, did that other woman across the table just steal an air plant from my son? Whatever, ours still look better.
5. Terrarium making is not for competition, Erin. Please chill the hell out. You are handling living things! Isn't it glorious? How peaceful this is.
6. Why wasn't I into container gardening when I worked at a magazine that had an entire gardening section? And that oh yes, now I see why all the readers went nuts about container gardening. That later in the night I would do a deep dive into Pinterest and create woodland fairy terrariums and container gardens!
7. That I was really coming to a new place in my life, a mature, serene place where I cared about root systems. And that I'd write an essay about succulents being survivors, which would be a thinly veiled metaphor that would allude to some sort of internal struggle.
8. That I should get over myself.
9. That my son not only made a beautiful terrarium, he promptly took my phone, started shooting photos and said, "Mom, what do you want me to be when I grow up? And also, what do you think I will end up being?"
10. And I paused and said, "I want you to use the gifts that God gave you, and to listen to the calling that He has on your life." And he rolled his eyes and said, "No, seriously." And I said something about becoming an entrepreneur but still threw the God thing in and he said, "I think I want to be a photographer," and I thought, "Oh God, not a photographer, just because 98% of the ones I've worked with are sketchy as all get out. [Disclaimer for the two percent whom I love: I'm not talking about you.]"
And I said, "Love, that is a GREAT idea! There's so much you can do with photography. I'll do whatever I can do to help you follow that dream,"
And we carried our terrariums to the car.
Happy Mother's Day.