I did not know Dennis. He died in 1986 from cancer. I have heard that he was happy. He loved Christmas...picking just the right gift for his family and friends. He was the type of person that even grumps had difficulty staying grumpy. I imagine him as having a twinkle in his eyes bringing joy to all. I wish I had known him.
Dennis knew that everyone loved his cactus so he would cut sections from it and gave them away. I wonder if this was after he was diagnosed with cancer? It really doesn't matter...as this living gift was a great reminder to all to take life with a smile. Ray said that his own cactus grew to the ceiling...but that one year it was left outside too long and it died from the bitter winter temperatures.
That is why the wedding gift was so appreciated. We had a part of Dennis's cactus growing and bringing joy to our house. Dennis grew...and grew...and grew.
Dennis and Denny are so large that they lean with risk of uprooting themselves so we prop them up with a pole of some sort. I am worried that our home will become "Little House of Horrors" with Dennis and Denny saying "Feed Me," whenever we walk by.
|Dennis and Denny...I know I could put them|
in bigger pots...but then they would get larger!
My idea did not come to fruition. I have the pots...I have the potting soil....but Dennis and Denny are still growing out of control with all of their arms attached. Hopefully, by writing about this, I will follow through in the spring and send lots of smiling cacti to loving homes.
I just spent half an hour searching the web to find what kind of cactus we have, but to no avail. Maybe someone reading this will be able to help. The picture to the left is part of Dennis. Note the four sections searching for a home...in fact the one section looks like a tongue ready to lap up some food.
But I wonder....doesn't it took a long time for a cactus to grow?....maybe Dennis is not a cactus....back to the internet for more research.