I spent the last 5 days in Tucson where I became acquainted with cacti. They are actually very interesting plants. Seeing them in person for the first time reminded me of a children’s book I read while nannying last summer: Cactus Hotel. Here is the life of a cactus:
During hot desert days, birds and other animals scurry about looking for food. When they get tired they stop to rest at a giant cactus. Many different animals live in the cactus hotel. It protects them; and they protect it, by eating the pests that could harm the cactus.
The cactus grows larger and larger and will live for about two hundred years. When one animal moves out, another moves in. There is never a vacancy in the cactus hotel. When the cactus gets old enough it dies and falls over. Even then, it is still useful to the other inhabitants of the area — they use it for shade.