Fritz’s girlfriend, Meghan, came home from work at 11 on Thursday night and announced that Ashley’s Night Blooming Cereus was blooming. We were out the door in a flash, to find Ashley and friends upstairs in his dark studio, with a flashlight, to watch the incredible one-night-a-year bloom. (My own cereus has never flowered.) For some reason Ashley’s plant has been producing blossoms every month. There was one in June and two in July! I was happy to catch the August blossom, (my first viewing ever) and to see that there are two more buds. The flower is quite spectacular in looks and smell. There is something special about sitting in a room with just a few friends, at midnight, in the midst of frantic frantic August, to quietly watch an exotic flower put on a spectacular show. It was a tiny moment of grace in a week of craziness.