I have a special ability to kill plants but against all odds my Bonsai tree has been able to continue to grow and thrive. I was told that I needed to keep the soil moist and give it at least 3 hours of sunlight each day. I have kept the soil moist by watering the tree at least once a day and it sits in the window of my apartment getting at least 4 hours of Sunlight each day.
I was scared that I was killing the tree when I saw the leaves folding up each night. I did some research and found out that the tree is actually supposed to do this. One of my friends, who is a gardener, called the tree “Dormi Dormi” meaning the sleep sleep tree. Over the last few weeks that I have owned this tree it has grown lots.
As I have been watching the Bonsai tree I have been able to think of the tree as a parallel to my language learning. Language learning requires time and effort but you will not always see the growth. One day you might wake up and think that you are growing because you can speak freely. Later that same day you will feel like you lost all of the progress that you have made because you can’t hold any conversation.
Language learning is not a linear process and there will always be growth if you continue to put in the work. However, I need to remember not to be discouraged when it seems like all of my language skills fold up and go away just like the leaves on this the tree close each night. I look forward to seeing not only the growth of my Bonsai tree but also the growth of my ability to speak Portuguese.