"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me". Or do they......?
A science fair project. Mr. M chose for his project: Do Plants Have Feelings?
The experiment: Purchase two plants that are the exact same. Treat them exactly the same except for one thing. Each day Mr. M would take plant A up into his bedroom, close the door, and tell plant A five negative things. You're ugly. Pink is an ugly color. etc. Then he would bring plant A back and take plant B up to his room, close the door, and tell plant B five positive things. You are such a pretty plant. Pink is such a pretty color. You are so strong. Etc.
Day one. Both plants look the same.
Day 2: We're already seeing signs. Plant A has some leaves that are starting to wilt.
Day three: Plant A loses a leaf.
And so it goes....... plant A starts to lose leaves. Several leaves a day and the pink color starts to fade.
More leaves fall.........
Plant B hasn't lost any leaves.
So many leaves lost........... the pink not as vibrant............ plant B thrives while sitting next to it plant A struggles.
More leaves drop.
And then the stems start to droop. No longer able to hold themselves up after 14 days of being told negative things.
"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me". False! Be careful what and how you speak to others.
P.S. Experiment lasted 14 days. The second the experiment ended we have been lavishing much love on plant A and we are happy to announce that plant A is thriving and happy under it's new love and attention. Which brings us to another lesson. Repentance and forgiveness. May we all be as forgiving as our little plant A.