- our pear tree came into full bloom
- some lilac flower buds are becoming visible
- more and more prairie smoke flower buds are developing
- warmer temperatures are returning to the North Country
- dandelions are in bloom
|swallowtail butterfly on dandelion|
Photo by J. Harrington
- the sun is shining
- birds are singing
- the Better Half finds our artisan sourdough bread "quite tasty"
- the mother of the household has been wished "Happy Mother's Day"
- annuals have been planted
- Mother's Day gifts given and received
- the Better Half's rescue dog, a border collie cross, has been hers for almost 7 years
- we're grateful and blessed to be sharing life with the Better Half and 2 of our adult children plus a Son-In-Law person that we share with the Daughter Person
- life remains full of unanticipated pleasures and treasures
What I Learned From My Mother
I learned from my mother how to lovethe living, to have plenty of vases on handin case you have to rush to the hospitalwith peonies cut from the lawn, black antsstill stuck to the buds. I learned to save jarslarge enough to hold fruit salad for a wholegrieving household, to cube home-canned pearsand peaches, to slice through maroon grape skinsand flick out the sexual seeds with a knife point.I learned to attend viewings even if I didn’t knowthe deceased, to press the moist handsof the living, to look in their eyes and offersympathy, as though I understood loss even then.I learned that whatever we say means nothing,what anyone will remember is that we came.I learned to believe I had the power to easeawful pains materially like an angel.Like a doctor, I learned to createfrom another’s suffering my own usefulness, and onceyou know how to do this, you can never refuse.To every house you enter, you must offerhealing: a chocolate cake you baked yourself,the blessing of your voice, your chaste touch.
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Please be kind to each other while you can.