I think fondly of Mrs. Belgarde (I always called her that) every time these plants blossom. This year they are particularly prolific. The mother hangs in the kitchen, and its offspring are scattered around in the dining room and living room. This year they seem to think Christmas is coming early. I can barely take my eyes off them.
Carrie has one of the offspring in her office in New Hampshire. She has never been interested in plants, but I guess to humor me she consented a few years ago to take one small cutting. She named the plant Rhonda and has become quite fond of it. It happily blooms for her around Christmas every year.
You never know how you are going to be remembered after you die, and I'm quite sure Mrs. Belgarde never thought that she would live on in our minds and hearts because of these plants. Another plant I have is a memorial to my aunt Faith, my father's sister who died many years ago. Her daughter, my cousin, inherited the Begonia she had on her dining room table for years and years. It was huge, and Beth divided it up among the cousins, I have since divided mine so that I have Begonias all over the house. Faith lives in my memory because I never look at one of them without her crossing my mind.