Jill, the Peace Lily

April 28, 2010

A little over 3 years ago I bought a plant to take care of and named it Jill because my mom (also named Jill, no- that’s not a coincidence) was going through major addiction problems and I was completely powerless to help her. Taking care of this plant was a way to empower myself. Taking care of Jill has been completely cathartic for me and she is still thriving- I water her and talk to her and put her in the window several times a week so she can get sun and Kay even sings to her on occasion.

Then a good friend of mine came over the other day and commented on how healthy my plant was. I thanked her for noticing my fern and she told me it was actually a Peace Lily!  So I looked it up and they are amazing plants- they eliminate benzene, formaldehyde and several other pollutants from the air along with being beautiful and hard to kill. I also learned that most Peace Lilies rarely bloom after the initial flowers die. Jill, however, blooms constantly- one flower right after the other. Unbeknownst to me, while I was taking care of this plant in order to fulfill my own emotional needs Jill was serving her own unique purpose in my life.

I think that this is more than a profound coincidence.


2 Responses to “Jill, the Peace Lily”

  1. Mizz Gerring Says:

    The only way that this plant would help you more is if the flowers were filled with “Mommy Xanax!”

  2. Kristen Says:

    your blog is lovely. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. While I am not a praying gal, I always keep you and your beautiful family in my thoughts and wishes.
    I gave our second daughter the middle name of Jill, in large part because of the profound influence your mother had on my teenage years. The grown-up side of me understands how her struggles have consumed her. The kid in me, though, just remembers how she made me feel loved, special and listened to in an overwhelming and confusing world.
    I hope your days always contain some form of peace, however minute.
    Much love,

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