For me, it all began sometime in the 1970's..
I don't recall the exact year, but I was probably around 8 to 10 years old, so it was the late 70's.
One day I was at Tioga Gardens with my family, and I saw Venus Fly Traps for sale!
Like all 10 year olds, I thought it was the coolest thing ever and I had to have one!
and I got one!
I remember trying to feed it bugs that summer..it died after a few months..
which probably also happens to all 10-year olds with their first VFT..
I didnt have the slightest idea how to take care of it..
no books, no internet, no nothing..
"oh well..they must be really hard to take care of." I thought..
It was cool while it lasted..
Flash forward to 1994..when the CP adventure really begins!
Im now 25 and had just moved to Rochester, NY for my first "real" job after college.
I remember watching something on TV with my roomate Rob..
somehow, and I dont remember how, (it might have been WKRP in Cincinnati!)
the subject of Venus Fly Traps came up..
Rob said "I had one when I was kid, but it died.."
"me too.." I said.."It would be cool to have one again"..
"yeah, it would" said Rob.."I wonder where we can get them?"
and that was it!
the seed was re-planted in my head, and I got my first Sarracenia and my second VFT that spring..
and I have been obsessed with them ever since.
I checked the Rochester library, and they actually had a few books about Carnivorous Plants!
I was honestly amazed..those books taught me how to actually cultivate CPs properly!
Information that was unavailable to me when I was ten years old..