My parents just moved into a new house. Though it was very sad to see them leave a home that they had been in for over 20 years, I get equally excited about new beginnings. They are having fun fixing up and decorating their new place, but one of the things they miss most is their garden, filled with perennials they had planted and nurtured over the past 20 years. They will have a great time creating a garden in their new home, of course, but with all the new house projects in the works, the garden will have to wait.
Yesterday, as I was getting ready to go over to their house for a family BBQ, I had an inspiration: I went out to my lilac bush and cut some fresh flowers—newly blooming, fragrant purple lilacs—and plopped them into an old, cute jar. To remind my parents of their garden, and to ignite inspiration for a new one, I wrote a small note to accompany the bouquet, “Don’t forget, in all the craziness of a new home, to stop and smell the lilacs.”
- Thao T.
Thao is not a gardener. However, the lilac bush is expected to recover soon and show little to no ill-effects of the pruning.