I roll out of bed and pull on a pair of flannel pants, matching shirt, red and blue patterns on both. I walk out of the bedroom, down the hallway to the bathroom.
I place a bucket under the sink and open the tap, then release my own stream into the toilet. Water going into two different receptacles.
With a practiced and steady hand I reach up above the sink into a plastic bin, pull out a measured spoon of blue powder, and dump this into the bucket.
Once I'm done I wash my hands, transfer the contents of the bucket into a plastic watering can in the shape of an elephant, and walk around my small apartment, watering the dozen or so plants I have scattered on every windowsill and some counters.
The plants are simple creatures, they want little. Some blue medicine mixed into a bit of water and that's all the plants need.Continue reading