Tangina Quarantina

This Orange Star flower plant (whose official name is now Tangina Quarantina) has not only been my trusted quarantine partner but this beautiful symbol of changing life. I’ve basically been alone for a month now in this studio apartment and like everyone else, my emotions have been on an intense rollercoaster.

I didn’t think much of it when I bought her one month ago other than “Cool now I can finally replace the other 2 plants that have been in this corner that have died because I’m a terrible plant mom.” Since she doesn’t require direct sunlight, the corner has been a perfect home. I don’t have any kids, I don’t have any pets, and I rarely leave my apartment. So it’s safe to say this is the most I’ve ever paid attention to a plant. She’s been my best subject for indoor photography, she gives me a routine, and she’s a pretty good listener (yep. I sound like a psychopath.)

The point is, these are wacky times. All I can do for now is keep looking at this plant for a daily reminder that just because every day feels like Groundhog Day inside, life is still changing outside and this pandemic won’t last forever. Conversely, Phil Connors eventually finds a way to break the time loop, am I right or am I right or am I right!?? Since this whole thing started, I’ve felt in a way that nothing I do during this time matters (aside from donating what I can and supporting people who have been directly affected by this virus in any way I can). Hopefully, I can find my own way to break the loop and gain the motivation to accomplish things in this reality, which is, in fact, my new reality and not just a temporary one that hopelessly begins every day with “I Got You Babe.” 🧡


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