While I babysit Penelope and work on my 2nd round of edits, I keep saying to myself that Spring is around the corner. It’s my way of keeping myself going. Lately I’ve been fascinated by planting. I’m terrible with plants. I have a purple thumb and they wither in my presence. The flowers I love most I can usually buy a few stalks of to put in a vase and brighten my house. I have three favorites: lilacs, peonies, and wisteria.
It’s primarily the fragrance of these flowers that attract me. I think I may plant a lilac bush in my yard. I really should. Nothing inspires me like lilacs or peonies. When I very small, my family lived for a short time in upstate New York. I was in kindergarten and was not allowed to cross the street.
The Victorian house across the street had the most wonderful garden. I remember the lilacs and the peonies there and flowers I could not name.
My mom was very busy trying to pack and take care of my new baby sister. She thought I was playing in the backyard of the house like I always did. I was an amazingly good girl. Most of the time.
I crossed the street. The house was owned by a silver haired lady. She invited me in for tea. I went and the house was beautiful, furnished in Victorian style. That was the first time I heard a harpischord.
I drank tea and nibbled her homemade cookies, while she played the harpischord and showed me photos of her grandchildren that never came to visit. I was very sad for her and when I could I crossed the street to visit.
I know that was a very bad thing to do, and anything could have happened. Fortunately she was a good woman and nothing bad happened to me, and when my family moved away she became one of my favorite memories. Everytime spring comes around, I think of her wonderful garden.
We’re expecting snow tomorrow and I already have had enough with my springtime dreaming. I still have ice and snow in my yard from the last storm. I saw this cookie on Pinterest that sort of summed up my feelings as well as looking delicious. LOL
A special thank you to the folks at Pinterest for the flower photos too.
Susan Hanniford Crowley