That Was the Plan

05/17/2019 By Ellis Emerson

I thought I planted tulips. I was sure I planted tulips.

I read about tulips. How they grow best. I studied them. Pests and diseases. The food they need. I planted rows and rows of tulips. Carefully all spring, I lined the dirt with bulbs.

Soon I’d have a field of all brightly colored tulips.

That was the plan. Anyway.

I’m confused. I now have roses growing instead. They’re lovely to look at but I can’t get past the thorns.

Editor’s Note:

Ellis Emerson (1985-2022) transitioned on April 29, 2022, at age 36 after facing Stage IV Melanoma for four years. Her zest for life was contagious, admired, and shared with all who knew her, but especially by her daughter, Andie, and her husband, Dave Craig. Ellis had a love for words, writing, running, diversity, inclusion, and equality. She embraced life and those who shared in her life. She is missed by all who knew and loved her as well as the entire Gryt Health team.

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