The First Thing a Plant Does Is Branch in Two

Long ago, in dimmest antediluvian childhood, we learned the basics: Flower. Tree. Bush.

Then just slightly deeper. Daisy. Pine tree. The fact that leaves fall in the fall.

We may have more or less stopped there, believing that to know plants is an elective interest, no longer a necessity for survival. But what if knowing plants is part of the job of being human? What if it’s also part of understanding people?