Today is my birthday so I hope you will excuse me if I take a few minutes to revel in my blessings. Some years my birthday actually falls on the same day as Mother’s Day. Minimally, both big days are always around the same time each year. It’s a double whammy of sweet gifts and well-wishes. Today, my youngest son’s classroom had a special event for Mother’s Day but it felt like one big birthday present. We did a little gardening, created some art, and were treated to a musical show. I was even interviewed (by my son!). He was sweet enough to whisper to his teacher about my birthday whereupon the entire crowd sang the Happy Birthday song to me. What a considerate sweetie and what a nice crowd!
Here we are with our gardening projects: a planter with sunflower seeds, an impatiens plant we put in a pot he decorated and some thyme we also planted together. You can’t see it but there’s also a clay project in the shape of Nathaniel’s imaginary friend “Rockguy”.
Here are my gifts that include a card he made and a poem. I love that Nathaniel’s teacher emphasizes poetry to the kids.
One of the benefits of a May birthday where I live is the gorgeous weather. This year our garden is already growing strong thanks to my husband, G, who built three raised garden beds last year. Here’s a peak. It’s such a beautiful day!
A few years ago we had some construction done on our house and it required cutting down a lilac bush that had been there for many, many years. Our house is quite old and we have been told the woman who lived here before us was an avid gardener. The house had been vacant for ten years before we moved in and the yard had been completely neglected. Gradually, as we cleaned up the yard, we started to find new things blooming that we did not realize were there. Over the years many things have appeared – daffodils, tulips, Rose of Sharon (blooming again), clematis, iris, lilies and forsythia to name just a few. There are many flowers and plants the previous owner had cultivated but had been stifled due to neglect. Ever read “The Secret Garden”? Kind of like that. The lilac bush was one of the things that really “blossomed” (sorry) over the years so it was sad when it had to be cut down.
About four years ago we put in a back patio and hired a landscape designer. She is very passionate about using native plants and thanks to her I am fully up to speed on the reasons why that is a good idea. So I was a little surprised when she suggested we put in several Korean lilac bushes. But her idea was to surround the patio and pay homage to the lilac bush that had been lost. I would say she is practical but with the soul of an artist. Well, as it turns out, my birthday falls exactly when the lilacs bloom. Today I have been enjoying the intoxicating lilac perfume in the backyard -so strong it even wafts through the house.
Here’s a photo of what I am able to enjoy.
Just like fleeting childhood, these lilac blooms will not last long. I try to drink it all in while I can and focus on being grateful for my many blessings.
Even if you do not have the pleasure of enjoying lilacs in person today perhaps you will appreciate a poem dedicated to them. It even mentions “lilacs watching a deserted house”. Cool.
And happy Mother’s Day to you mothers out there and all of you have/had a mother. 🙂
Please excuse me while I head back outside.
BY Amy Lowell
Happy Birthday Lea! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem! Since I am from Massachusetts, I can smell the lilacs while I read the words. So special!
Thank you, Kiki. It was a wonderful weekend. I think that poem is just wonderful – perfect description of lilacs in context. Cheers!