we have a new, baby plant in the uribe-cooper household. and along with it, we're told, good luck was also potted. the tiny aloe vera, or sávila, came from pedro and laura's garden, riding home with us on sunday afternoon and finding itself patted into place in the middle of an old, pink ceramic dish. i must say it: if it were an animal, it would likely qualify as a cute trifecta candidate. not sure what i'm talking about? you apparently haven't yet stumbled upon cuteoverload.com. they deal in all things furry (and sometimes otherwise), but i think their cute rules are applicable in my lucky aloe's case. according to the experts, the "coveted cuteness trifecta" occurs when a photo capturing a critter (or critters) achieves at least three rules of cuteness. i say the baby aloe's done it, and here are the rules to back up my claim:
rule of cuteness #18: dainty paws. (leaves are a paw's equivalent, right?)
rule of cuteness #2: look helpless. (i prefer "vulnerable." call me a quibbler.)
rule of cuteness #14: if an everyday, small item makes you look small, it's cute.
click on the picture to the right and tell me i'm mistaken. i'll bet you can't. our little baby aloe is just spiky and green and cute all over.
now, you are wondering, "so it's cute. what does that have to do with luck?"
well, nothing. i got carried away.
the luck, according to laura, accompanies an aloe when it is given to someone as a present. the now-flowering plant from which ours sprouted was a gift to laura from her mother, which was probably an offshoot of a gifted aloe, too. if you feel the claim to luck is a dubious one, that's okay. while i love the idea of serendipity, i'm not much a believer in random luck, either. what i do believe is that luck is like a baby aloe: an offshoot of something bigger. and i'll posit that that something bigger is friendship.
i feel like i've lived twenty-nine years of luckiness, and when i search for the source of it all, the analysis always leads me to a friend. every job i've been offered owes its existence to a friend. the opportunities i've taken were largely presented by friends, too. each trip i've ever taken was far better because of friends, and those friends have shared the luck of learning about more than just good destinations. my friends are why i've loved every place i've lived. my parents and my brother are three friends likened to treasures, and the relationship i have with them is one that almost anyone would consider lucky. i met the love of my life through a friend, and he, in turn, promised to be my best friend forever.
my luck, it seems, has always been my friends.
and now i have two new, very dear ones. there's no doubt in my mind that the aloe will bring us good luck; it's a sign of the friendship that pedro and laura gave with it.
all you friends out there: thank you. thank you for being my lucky little aloes.