In our culture, it's sort of expected that you have a pet. If you live alone, people recommend a cat. If you have kids, they suggest you get a dog. If you're allergic, a goldfish is probably the way to go. But pets aren't for everyone, my friends. Sometimes, a plant is a better fit for a person's personalty, lifestyle, and home. I am slowly learning that I am one of those people. In fact, there are a few obvious signs you're definitely a "plant" mom, and I demonstrate them all on a near daily basis.
Now, before you try to talk me into getting a pet for my kids' sake, or suggest that I am a heartless monster for not wanting one, understand that my family already has pets — three cats and a boatload of fish. And I love my pets... most days. But the majority of the responsibility of pet ownership falls on me, which means I have to take over when the kids are no longer entertained by feeding the fish. And when the litter box needs cleaning, I'm the one who goes in with a poop-scooping shovel.
Plants, on the other hand, are way easier to manage. I'm not talking rare orchids or prize-winning rosebushes, either. I'm actually pretty partial to seasonal veggies, herbs, and houseplants that are hard (if not impossible) to kill. Plants don't need much attention to thrive, and that is music to my busy-mom ears. And if a plant doesn't make it, well, no one in my home really notices and I don't feel particularly guilty.
So whether I like it or not, it's pretty clear that I am a plant mom. And if the following sounds at all familiar, you probably are, too.