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Hello, my name is Auntie Arlene. I will share with you different stories from my life. Some of them are quite amazing. My life has been rich with adventures. I have traveled this road for a very long time. It all began in a little house in the countryside. But the path has taken me to far away places. Will you join me on this journey? You will learn a lot about other people and places around this world. Are you ready? It will be a fun trip. So let's get started. [mp3]

月光花 The Prickly Moon Flower


Yesterday I was working in our flower garden and struggling to get a bush out of the ground that had overgrown from a tiny seed. I know it will come back again in the springtime but for now it is gone. As I pulled on the plant, my fingers were pricked by the pods on the branch. This reminded me that my sister gave me the seeds and she told me that, when her husband first acquired these plants and when the shoots popped through the earth, he was very proud of them and he guarded them with care. One day, his small grandson accidentally stepped on one of the plants. The grandfather scolded the little boy, whose mother overheard the disturbance and became angry with the grandfather for being so upset over such a little thing as a Moonflower plant. She would never allow her child to visit the grandparents' home again.

The Moonflower blooms at night and is a beautiful white blossom with a sweet fragrance. If you walk in the garden at night, you know exactly where the plant blooms.

As I struggled with the plant, I thought about the story, about how 'prickly' the grandfather was to react as he did and how 'prickly' the mother became to react as she did. I think sometimes we don't think before we react to a situation, and the seeds are sewn to fester in our hearts and bring us sorrow for many days to come. In this situation, the grandfather should not have shown his anger towards the young lad who did not know a Moonflower from a blade of grass. The grandfather could have spoken gently to the boy and explained that "we should be careful where we step because of special plants". If he had, the grandparents would have had the joy of their grandson visiting again.

Prickly - Covered with sharp points that can cause a stinging sensation when touched, meaning unfriendly and rude when applied to people.
Fester - To grow in feelings of hatred or bitterness.

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