On the right my new kalanchoe plant and on the left the old one. The old one stopped flowering after more than a month. It had wonderful little yellow flowers and I was tending to it daily and then the flowers were no longer yellow, more a brownish shade of yellow. Some fell and others just dwindled. I had hope but realised it was a lost cause: so what do you do? You replace it of course. Today if something no longer works properly or does not look good, you do not repair it, you throw it into the garbage. I decided that my kalanchoe was a living thing, and did not deserve this treatment. The leaves were still green although a few also decided to give up. I gave my dying kalanchoe a makeover, searched for a few rescue tips in Internet and now it is sitting on my table in the living room. I am sure it will return, at least I will try.
However, I bought a new one in the local store. They are not expensive and I found the little red flowers something completely different and attractive. History repeats itself. I did the same with my orchids for a couple of years, until I discovered I had recuperating orchids everywhere. On the table in the living room, on the floor, and one or two in the kitchen. My orchids were developing triffid symptoms and were taking over. One day I no longer replaced or kept them, but had to put them to pasture in the garbage can. I had 16 redundant orchids. I still have six from the last batch, but they still look ok, although you can ask “Where have all the flowers gone” because there are no more.
Today we live in a world of replacements. Television kaput, buy a new one. Washing machine giving up, replace it. The husband not as young as he used to be – no, do not replace it. It takes too many years of developing the model you have, and in any case you are also no longer the youngest and you might be replaced as well. Husbands, aaat least mine, are something worth keeping. It might not be working as well as it did, but growing and needing repair work together has its advantages. You have a topic of conversation – aches and pains always give food for thought. “How’s your back today?” “Don’t ask – and your legs?” “Forget it” – what enjoyable conversations. They are things that cannot be replaced, but why begin again from the beginning when life can be such fun wihout getting used to newer versions.
Otherwise it seems everything can be replaced today, even presidents. Yes that day will also arrive.