Forget-Me-Nots, a late 19th or early 20th century oil painting by Marie Nyl-Frosch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Freda in Dalamory says I must be happy, and I guess I am. It’s difficult for me to admit I am happy because I am always afraid someone or something will take my happiness away. Do you have difficulty admitting when you are happy?
I am especially happy when the sun shines in the spring.
I slept 8 hours last night and that’s unusual. I think that I had the air ducts cleaned and David bought a new mattress for my birthday made everything better when it came time to lay down my head.
Working in the garden tires me in a good way. All the stretching and bending and simply stopping to enjoy the perennial flowers now beginning to bloom lifts my spirits. I hope I always have a garden.
A while back, I visited a woman in a local nursing home and she told me the thing she missed the most was her garden. I know my grandpa Schmidley tended his roses until late in his life. The only photo I ever saw of his mother (my great-grandmother Anna Mary) who was born in Bavaria, was of her standing before her rose-bush. It was an old photo from the 1890s in black and white, but you could tell it was roses. I could tell by looking at her she was a rose lover and gardener.
Perhaps a love of gardening is passed along. My Mom and Dad both loved gardening, so they always had the most beautiful gardens until later in their lives. Dad took many photos but unfortunately, my wicked stepmother has them all locked away in her attic.
The vision I have of their gardens is locked in my memory bank. As I have planted this and that, a bubble surfaces and I recall Dad saying he loved Vinca and Mom wandering in her garden and asking for the hundredth time, “Now what is that blue flower?” We laughed at her, because it was “forget-me-not.” I don’t know if she was forgetful on purpose to make us laugh, or whether she truly could not remember the flower’s name. Today, I grow “forget-me-nots” and think of her. (Forget-me-nots shown in the photo yesterday)
English: Forget-me-not postcard, circa 1907 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)