Neighbors and plants can surely help us bloom, especially in the hard times. Stuck in her apartment, a lonely woman waits for time to pass until one day she hears a knock at the door. On her doorstep, she finds a plant left by a friendly neighbor and discovers the joy that caring for others can bring. This tender animation was made by students of the Animation & Illustration department at San Jose State University.


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  • Joy Barlow

    The tenderness shown in the video and how much difference a small gesture can make.

  • Terry

    The feelings of loneliness and isolation were so powerfully invoked!

  • Sharon

    I've watched this over & over & each time it makes me smile & reminds me to spread the love to someone who needs it🌺🌼🌸

  • Deepak Sethi

    Thank you . The joy and compassion of caring for all living beings be it human or plant or animal life .

  • Gail

    We are a diverse country! I loved that a culture that is currently being so victimized in many areas (e.g. NYC) was portrayed to positively and caringly. I need to say that I embrace positive portrayals of people - that's appropriate to me and I need a LOT more of that. I noted that several of the animators in the credits had Asian names. And I plan to go buy myself a plant today since love begins with the self -and will share from there.

  • elaine

    It's so sad that anyone can watch this lovely film about compassion and kindness and comment on the ethnicity of one of the characters. Can't we enjoy life in all of its colors and forms without politicizing it?

  • Judy

    It was so tender.

  • Chris

    What inspired you about this video? Charming theme, but the depiction of Chinese? neighbor with slit lines for eyes may not be appropriate. Dr. Seuss's book And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street was just withdrawn and will no longer be published for the same kind of depiction. Something to keep in mind.

  • Mimi

    The simplicity and genuine FEELING = outstanding.


    I can't wait for my hyacinths to come up they smell lovely every spring!!

  • Babcia

    BEAUTIFUL creation by the students at San Jose State University. THANK YOU!

  • Susie

    Lovely, giving and sharing during this hard times! Thanks a lot.

  • Ginny

    Thank you for this reminder!

  • Sheila Lustfield

    The clear message: SHARE THE LOVE

  • Toni

    When we reach outside of ourselves to take care of a plant or another we change, we grow, we bloom.

  • Myrtle Russell

    Beautiful reminder that giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin. Thanks for sharing the video.

  • Frances

    Opening this video is just like finding the the amaryllis at my doorstep. What gifted creators. What beautiful hearts. Thank you ♥️

  • Genevieve Cassani

    How happiness is contagious is what I thought when I watched the video. One Sunday afternoon there was a knock on my door and a neighbor and her two daughters brought me flowers. She said every Sunday I the girls choose someone to bring flowers. Now it is my turn.

  • Meredith

    Great story! Being friendly and giving the flowers is a great representation of a simple way to give. As far as flowers, I do have to say they can make a huge difference!

  • David T. Matta

    A kind gesture is neither possessed nor does it end. It is shared, blooms and multiplies.

  • Linda Sechrist

    Everyone needs something or someone to care for or about. It gives meaning and purpose to life.

  • Helen C. Gennari

    I love the message illustrated here with something so simple as a living plant given ~~ and how it invited the receiver to blossom and become able to give that same invitation to someone else.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Such a simple kindness and yet so profound. Here's to the bloom of kindness

  • no name

    so appropriate in this time of isolation, quite lovely thanks

  • Dawn Kiilani Hoffmann

    Beautifully sweet and how wonderful it is to have kindness shown to us when things are bleak! Yes! It reminds me of another story of someone who received a beautiful flower and when she brought it into her disheveled and dirty house she needed to first clean off a vase and then the table, ending up with a sparkling house! I noticed in this one too, the tidying up and brighter rooms.. Love reaches into every crevice of our worlds... I think we all could use a flower about now! Thank you for this beautiful animation - very animating and inspiring!

  • Margaret Thompson

    Life is richer when we have someone or something to care for.

  • Mobbeta

    The Love of the first person was infectious, and the Joy was shared. The plants and flowers know Joy when they feel it!!!

  • Steve

    Plant the seed and good things will happen.

  • brigitte

    One never knows how one's gift will be received and yet it should not stop us from giving as it can have a rippling effect. It all starts with one positive gesture and one good intention.

  • Ruby Grad

    The beauty of receiving a gift of love and paying it forward.

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  • Watch this video about another act of kindness  and how that changed a needy person's day. 
  • Research in this article shows that caring for plants improves your mood and is a reminder to care for yourself-- and others too!
  • What can you do today to help a lonely neighbor who needs a visit or a little sunshine in their life? 

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