Acoma Crape Myrtle Care: Learn How To Grow An Acoma Crape Myrtle Tree
A comfy couch to sleep on…
The sun shines brightly through the window…
I’m just going to lie down right now… I really don’t feel like doing anything today! You’re not supposed to do any work until tomorrow anyway. I mean if you want to go out and play or something, then that’s fine too. But I think it would be best if we stayed here all day.
You sit up from your chair and get dressed quickly before Mom comes home from her shopping trip. She walks into the room with bags under one arm and carrying a large basket of groceries in the other hand. She looks at you expectantly. “
What are you doing?”
“Nothing,” you say simply.
She opens the door and heads towards the kitchen area, while you grab your backpack off the floor and head back to your room. After putting away your stuff, you turn around to look at yourself in the full length mirror hanging over your dresser. You’ve never been much of a fashionista, but after seeing yourself in this mirror, everything seems so…
wrong. First of all, you’re wearing a pair of black jeans that are much too tight for your taste. You try to wiggle a little to get some more… room… but it’s no use. At least the gray hoodie you’re wearing is a little more comfortable. Maybe if you roll the sleeves up and take the hood off it won’t look so bad after all.
You remove the hood and start rolling up the sleeves. You try to strike a few different poses, first with your hands in your pockets…
Then with your hands on your hips…
You continue this vain attempt at modeling until your mother calls out to you from the other room. “Honey, come here for a second.”
“Yeah,” you reply while walking back into the main area of the trailer. Your eyes immediately drawn to what’s in the kitchen area. You haven’t seen so much food in one place since…
well, since the last time you went grocery shopping with your mom.
What’s all this?”
you ask. “I thought we were supposed to be saving money.”
Your mom smiles. “Look who’s worried about money now! I was just doing some research online and thought that maybe we could try a little experiment.” She walks towards the table and picks up a green bottle.
This was the most popular diet product in Japan last year. It’s completely natural and contains only healthy ingredients such as cayenne peppers and papaya. You take one of these pills every day, and you’ll lose weight without doing any exercise at all!
Wouldn’t that be great?”
You’re not so sure. “
But what if it doesn’t work? I mean, it’s not like I really need to lose weight, do I?”
Your mom sighs. “You’re right, you don’t need to lose weight. I just think you’d look better if you were slimmer. And compared to how much money I’ve spent on video games over the years, this is a very cheap way of doing it. Your choice though, take it or leave it.”
What’s the worse that could happen?
“Um… okay,” you stammer. “I’ll try it for a week.”
Your mother smiles. “Great! Let’s go see how much you weigh, then we’ll go from there.”
She takes the pill bottle and your hand and leads you towards the bathroom. “Now remember, no drinking or eating anything except for fruit. Water’s okay, but nothing else.”
You step onto the scale and watch as the needle moves past 180… 181…
“I told you, you don’t need to lose weight.”
The needle stops moving at 183 pounds. “
You’re not even that heavy. Now go on, you can eat anything you want.”
You walk back into the kitchen area while your mother returns to looking at more online diet things. “
So what do you feel like eating? How about an apple?”
She grabs one from a plastic bag sitting on the counter and tosses it to you. You look at it for a second, then grab it and take a big bite out of it. Munch, munch, munch…
She looks up from the computer again. “Slow down there. You don’t want to get a stomach ache.”
Can I go outside?”
you ask through a mouthful of apple.
“Yeah sure, just don’t go too far. Stay in the trailer park.” With that, you grab the bag of apple and head out the door.
One thing you can never get used to is just how much the ground moves when you’re not on a flat surface. It doesn’t help that your new shoes don’t exactly have the best grip. Still, you manage to find a nice spot underneath a shady tree so you can sit down and eat your apple in peace.
You take another bite…
You look at your feet and see a large green lizard scurrying away from you as fast as its little legs can carry it. You chuckle a bit to yourself before looking up again.
You hear the faint sounds of kids yelling somewhere far away. You wonder what’s going on over there…
Pieces of an old broken TV dinner tray glitter in the sunlight a few feet away. You walk over to them and look inside the trailer. Definitely wouldn’t want to eat off those dishes…
You turn your head and look at the mountains in the distance. You’ve never been all that great at Geography, but you think that if you listen real hard you’ll be able to hear the sound of a mighty river flowing just beyond its foothills…
You look at your watch. Only an hour has passed and already you’re board. If mother saw you sitting around here doing nothing, she’d have a fit! You need to think of something to do.
You get an idea.
Why don’t you go exploring?
There are lots of trailers in this park and maybe you could find someone to play with! That’s exactly what you do.
You decide to play a game. To get from one trailer to the next, you have to go along a pretend road. Each step you take is another yard forward. 10 steps and you’re going to be in the next trailer.
You count each step out loud so no one thinks you’re talking to yourself (You learned that from your big sister when she came back from college). By the fifth trailer, you’re bored out of your mind. All you see are dirty old trailers. It doesn’t look like anyone’s home at any of them. Luckily, it’s not as hot today as it was yesterday so that makes things a little better…
You look down at your watch. Only 20 minutes has passed! If there were people here, you could play tag or hide and seek to entertain yourself, but this is hopeless! You try to think of something fun to do besides walking…
In an instant, you have an idea! Maybe you could go back to that stream and look for some tadpoles. You’d rather look at them than at these boring trailers!
You turn around and go back the way you came. Soon, you’re back at the stream. Looking at these tiny little creatures under the magnifying glass is a whole lot more interesting than anything else around here.
“Hmm, they sure are tiny!” you say out loud to yourself.
After a while, you get tired of looking at them and put everything back into the bucket. You don’t want anyone walking in on you again and ruining your fun!
You sit down in the shade of a tree and watch the tadpoles swim around in circles. They don’t really do much and they don’t seem to go anywhere. Maybe that’s why there aren’t any other kids around here. All the good stuff to do involves going places and since most kids can’t drive yet, they’re stuck.
You’re lucky you got a ride from your mom or else you might not have even come here in the first place.
You look at your watch again. Only another 45 minutes until you’re done with this stupid chaperoning job!
“Hey, I wanna see grandma!” you hear a little voice say.
Before you know it, a little boy comes running straight toward you! He couldn’t be any older than 5.
“Get outta here!” you say. “I’m busy!”
“But I wanna see my grandma!” he says again while stomping his foot on the ground.
Who’s your grandma?”
“She lives in that pretty yellow trailer over there! I saw you looking at her when we got here! My mommy says only poor people live in trailers but I know my grandma’s not poor ’cause she has a nice car. She just doesn’t like to drive it because she thinks it’s too nice to be putting in the dirt!”
He’s so loud that he doesn’t even realize that he’s already gotten your attention…
Well, which one is she?”
He points over to the last trailer on the right and tells you her name. It sounds something like “Lilith something…”
“I think I might know who you’re talking about. I’ll try to get you to her, just stay here and don’t talk to anyone!
But what about my mommy?
I want my mommy!”
“I’ll get you to her too once I check on your grandma. Just wait here! I’ll be back in a second.”
You stand up and walk over to Lilith’s trailer. The closer you get, the more you can hear the muffled sounds of yelling. It sounds like there’s an argument going on inside.
“I don’t care what you think! You’re not the boss of me!”
“(Sigh) You always have to make things so difficult! I’m doing this for your own good, you ungrateful…!”
“GET AWAY FROM ME!”
A loud slap is heard as the yelling is cut off. It sounds like Lilith’s daughter just got herself in a whole lot of trouble…
As you reach the door, you can hear sobbing from inside. You knock on the door and wait.
“Just a minute…!”
The door opens to reveal a teenage girl with light brown hair. She seems to have been hit in the face recently as she has a black eye and her bottom lip is bleeding. Her eyes are red and puffy as if she’s been crying for a long time.
she asks, looking at you.
“I’m here to see your grandmother about your mom,” you explain to her.
“What…what happened…is she oka…?”
“I’m not sure. Just let me in so I can talk to your grandmother. I’ll explain everything.”
The girl nods and steps aside to let you inside. As you walk in, you take a look around and get a feel for the place. It’s cluttered and disorganized just like you expected it to be.
You then notice Lilith’s daughter sitting on the couch as she’s looking at you with her jaw dropped. She doesn’t seem to believe what she’s seeing and you can’t say that you blame her since it is rather unexpected.
Sources & references used in this article:
Crape myrtle post-transplant growth as affected by nitrogen nutrition during nursery production by RI Cabrera, DR Devereaux – Journal of the American society for …, 1999 – journals.ashs.org
Crape myrtle culture by GL Wade, J Williams-Woodward – 2009 – athenaeum.libs.uga.edu
Article of Interest by EF Gilman, DG Watson, RW Klein, AK Koeser… – UF/IFAS Extension, 2018