I was separated from my siblings and taken from the seed packet that I had called home for the last several months. A set of warm, soft hands placed me in a peat pot and covered me over with a thin layer of dirt. My new home was moist, warm, and dark.
For several weeks, I lay dormant, absorbing the warmth and moisture. Finally, one day, my shell cracked open and my green stem popped out. I began to reach for the light, and within 24 hours, I was able to lift my baby leaves upright.
For the first time, I could see my surroundings! I noticed that several of my sibling pepper seeds had been planted in peat pots, and were happily enjoying their first light too. We were placed on a cart in a sunny window, with a bright grow light that hummed all day long. I stretched my stem towards the light, reaching out to its rays.
Every few days, I was removed from my happy home and placed in a tray of tepid water. When my peat pot was saturated, I was moved back to my cart. I continued to soak up warmth and light.
A little over a week later, I awoke one morning to find that my first set of true leaves had emerged! And what beautiful leaves they were! I admired myself in the reflection from the sunny window. Soon, I would be big and strong, and ready to venture outside...