My very first plant of my own was a green heart-shaped leafy thing that to my 5-year-old mind resembled elephant ears. I believe, though I may be mistaken, that it was an ivy cutting taken from a plant my mother received when I was born. It grew in an adorable elephant shaped planter that I had painted myself and my grandmother fired for me. Painting that pot was the beginning of my “I already know how to do it” phase, which I haven’t completely quite outgrown yet, although I like to think I am more humble and teachable now. I still have the pot, though it’s been broken and mended several times in 30+ years, much like myself. The plant has long since gone, but ignited a lifelong love affair with plants that continues to this day. What a magical gift given to me by my mother and grandparents! Imagine a simple plant passing on love of nature and of life itself, from generation to generation to the next generation!
Edited to add link back to original post: http://www.yougrowgirl.com/2013/03/19/grow-write-guild-1-my-first-plant/