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Monday, May 14, 2012

Yuma Bev and the Sleeping Cactus

I saw the cactus last summer on one of my morning walks, took a picture of it and laughed when I saw it on my computer. I made a humorous Parkinson's Disease cartoon out of it. 
YumaBev's funny Parkinson's Cactus cartoon

A month later, it bloomed and it was even funnier.
The Parkinson's Disease Cactus blooms!

I met the owner, Bill, last fall and told him about his cactus and its funny bloom. He told me the story of how he acquired it. He said it was over in the corner of the Cactus Place, almost hidden from view. It had been a nice cactus, but the wind had knocked it over and now it was ruined. Bill saw it and asked "How much?" and the man said "$5, you can cut the main stem off and the rest will grow fine", so Bill took it home and planted the whole thing, fallen stem and all and then he went home to Canada for the summer. He said everyone called it the Viagra cactus and teased him about it. 

I promised to email him a photo if it bloomed again while he was gone this summer.

Well, the sleeping cactus did bloom again, twice, since Bill left.  The first time was in April and I took a picture of it that I entered in a contest (I didn't win).

The sleeping Parkinson's Disease cactus blooms again
Cropped photo I entered in contest.

The second time was just a few days ago and it was stunning.

The sleeping cactus shines

I guess the sleeping cactus had the last laugh.  All it needed was someone to overlook it's imperfections, take it home, treat it well and let it shine.  Don't we all?

Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from Amazon or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!

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