My pal Shelly, appreciator of all things small, unusual and cute, sent me this link this morning. She suggested it as a companion piece to the message beans I wrote about before and I tell ya — I agree with her.
The Plant-Me Pet is a biodegradable latex doll with plant seeds for eyes. You can play with them or bury them head first in soil to sprout into edible pumpkin, melon, or tomato plants. I love their talking bubbles and I love their shapes and their colors and the way their seedy eyes augment their different personalities.
The only problem I can see, vis-a-vis Zoe and Lucy is that they may not like the idea of burying someone. Ever since my aunt passed away in January of this year, Zoe and Lucy have been working “death” around and around in their little 4-yr-old brains, and through a series of recent, unavoidable situations, it’s been a major topic of discussion with them.
Like yesterday, Lucy asked if she could ride in the front seat with me when we drove home from my parents’ house. I explained that she couldn’t, that it wasn’t safe. She then asked me if our car had air bags. I stepped right into the trap and said “yes.” Turns out she had been discussing air bags with my dad and was already developing a phobia over them. “Are they hard?” she asked. “If one opens on you, will it make you die?” Then she wouldn’t get in the car at all until I convinced her that there weren’t any air bags in our car.
Or when Zoe was eating some pink bubblegum princess toothpaste and I said “Don’t eat that! It will give you a tummy ache!” And she asked, “Will eating toothpaste die me?”
So, while I hate worrying these precious little Plant-Me Pets into something way heavier than they are intended to be, I can absolutely see how planting them might easily turn that way here at the UpsideUp.
Still and all, I think they’re darn cute, so someone go buy some and tell me how it goes!