One day I noticed a small, bright green bud appear in one of the nodes. But the next morning I saw the bud separated from the plant. Perhaps nipped by one of the pigeons that roost in the window. After this incident, the plant showed signs of giving up. To my disappointment, I noticed that the leaves became yellowish. Eventually these leaves dried and fell off. For a few days the branch stood, devoid of all leaves. We then noticed that the color of the stem started turning yellow like its leaves had done a few days back. Thinking that this plant had died, we removed it from the pot.
A few days later, we were surprised to see a small green shoot rising out of the soil. Perhaps, a portion of the root had remained. This joy was short lived. Pigeons at work again. This small shoot must have looked like a worm. Half of this shoot was nipped. We thought, this must be the end for this plant.
However, to our surprise, we saw that a leaf was opening up. I have watered it everyday. I am making every effort to protect it from the pigeons. The leaf has opened up. It is stunted and half eaten up. Though it is only half a leaf, thanks to the pigeons, it displays a bright green color. As if saying "I will not give up, no matter what."
It is indeed a miracle, how God helps even a small plant to earn its life. I am sincerely hoping that this plant continues to come up against all odds.