Harnessing the Moon by Anna
There are very few plant stores or greenhouses here in our area. The only ones I've seen are on the main roads through the mountains which lead to the capital or other main roads where a lot of gringos travel because foreigners are the only ones who actually buy plants. So, if people don't buy plants, what do they do? Great question!
People here are "pura vida", which means "pure life" in Spanish. It's used to mean lots of different things: hello, you're welcome, thank you, or to say that someone's a good person. The Costa Ricans help each other without counting the cost in lots of ways, one being sharing their plants. Why wouldn't someone share their plants? Why are some people so childish?
Anyhow, my amazing mother embraced the culture, trusted the neighbor, who is also my science teacher, and set out with my dad to go amputating people's plants ~ with their permission of course. They said that they saw a lot of other people carrying plant parts, which is really cool. When they got home, without knowing for sure what she was doing, my mom started planting the clippings she had gotten around town. She wanted to get everything in the ground while it was still the full moon, so she kept working until the middle of the night. This shows how we embrace the culture in whatever place we're living to really enter in and relate to the people.
After my mom was all done planting the "matas" that she had gotten from other people she wondered if any of them would actually grow. She knows I love researching science topics, so she asked me to find out if there is any truth to the Costa Rican practice of planting things on the full moon.
This is what I found:
Each month, on the full moon, my mom has humbly/crazily gone asking to cut people's plants. Little by little, she's building her dream garden. She's also building a lot of friendships, which we all know is the most important thing. When we got to this house there weren't any plants out front, now there are a ton - thanks to my mom who has truly embraced the local culture.
I've included some recent photos of the garden so you can see how beautiful it is.
Thanks for reading. I'll write again soon. Love, Anna
|These bush-looking things are actually palm trees. My mom|
planted coconuts that had fallen off our neighbor's tree.