Pachira Aquatica(the money tree)
Every family goes through a time of struggling at some point in their lives, whether it’s money, relationships, or death it brings us closer together or can break us apart. My family struggled financially
and the money tree is what tackled the roots of our problems. My parents divorced when I was 5 because of my mother’s shopping addiction. During my childhood, my mom spent all of her time spending the money we didn’t have on things that were not needed. My dad’s job was located in Santa Barbara at the time, causing him to have to drive there and back everyday. My mom didn’t have a job causing her shopaholic self to spend my dad’s money he had earned. That wasnt fair to him so he had to end the marriage. After the divorce, my dad was barely able to buy food because we were so close to being broke, and our only option was to live in a one bedroom trailer. My dad was very close to my grandpa and had asked him for some help with our situation but my grandpa’s reply was, “This is your own journey you need to overcome on your own. These experiences you make together, will make you and your daughter into people that you will be glad you became.” My dad respected his words, and my grandpa gave my dad a pachira aquatica tree as a gift to our new future and said farewell. The pachira aquatica tree is an ageold token of good luck and an invitation to good fortune. Another name for it is the “good luck tree” but we liked to call it our money tree. The money tree has a braided trunk with shiny green leaves. The green leaves reminded me of money and as a child I actually thought “the money tree” would actually grow money. It’s
showy flowers growing with the leaves have long, narrow petals that open up like a banana peel to reveal hairlike yellowish orange stamens.
My dad and I took turns watering the money tree on our tiny dining room table everyday, ...
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