It‘s been ten years since that stupid but life-changing garden. Curtis and I are now married I'm 26 and he's 33 we are heading to yet another funeral and we had to leave the baby behind for this one.
"thank you but we should go to the garden and plant for her."
"I never told her I had a second baby. I never thought Leona would die this quickly."
"good idea, we should also plant for Sae Young and Florence."
"Its okay Maricela, I told her the minute we knew you were pregnant.she knows and she's smiling on you in heaven right now."
"alright. Maricela, we got to get to work."
"just wait what if we show you how beautiful it is."
"then it can stay alive."
"I'm sorry but the old days are over no one plants here we're taking it down."
"I think we did a great job with all the help from Kim and everyone else."
"so do I, I'm pretty sure it's looking great!"
"yes, we did it!"
"you did a great job! You can have the garden."
maricela and I both learned from this. We learned that People should be judged by their current actions, not their past. I used to be all i'm so tough but now I planted to help the garden that I didn't need to care about Maricela went from being the pregnant teen to being a girl that studied like crazy and got into a good school and eventually married me.