This avocado plant began as a pit hovering above a jar of water with only its bottom wet. I painstakingly kept the water level consistant for months while I watched its roots emerge and grow. Hubby and kids (with the exception of Sugar Plum Fairy) just shook their heads and mumbled things under their breathes. I think those things were along the lines of, "Mom is so wierd" and "It will never make it". You see, I have tried to do this for years! Years of forgetting to keep the roots wet. Years of watching a poor and innocent avocado seedling wither away. This was different. I could feel it and Sugar Plum Fairy rooted me (and my seedling) on. Together, we planted it in its first small pot and continued to watch it on the kitchen counter. As it grew (yes...not withered) I smiled at each new leaf that sprouted forth. I have kept it safe and watered. Last week, I knew it was time to take the next step and introduce it to the outside. Transplanting it into a new pot with room to grow and leaving it outside during the day was satisfying. I will soon need to find a permanent home for it and hope that I have given it a strong enough foundation to thrive in the real world...I have those same throughts regarding our children.