Walking in her garden, I saw . . .
pink, white, and sometimes blue, hydrangeas.
I have this treasure chest of memories of my grandma and her flowers.
Every visit to the farm, and later her small house in town, included a walk around her gardens. Our conversations flowed and never felt rushed. No multi-tasking or checking phones.
Just us, the breeze, her flowers and vegetables, and the warmth that always made me feel seen and appreciated. When I recall those times, I realize that the most significant events in life don’t always come with fanfare and excitement.
The best moments arrive while strolling around the flower beds that hug the side of a white clapboard house. Butterflies, bees, and a soft breeze caress each word and wrap it in memory.
As I tended my own gardens this week, pulling weeds, planting new azaleas, and pruning the dead leaves of winter, I realized how and why these small tasks give me so much pleasure.
I can’t change the world, but I can create a small garden full of beauty to grace my speck of the universe and anyone who visits.
Growing massive hydrangeas like Grandma's still eludes me. My one specimen tucked in a corner thrives in spite of me.
I capture blossoms and bees. My words and photographs, imperfect but sincere, emerge from the cocoon of memories and those meandering walks with my grandmother.
I share more moments of why garden walks spark joy and remembering.
Flowers have a powerful impact on our wellbeing and can improve our emotional health (and be sure to watch the video).
As Ella croons, “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing!”
“Every day there is magic in the mundane. In the “small stuff” we find the “big stuff”—the satisfying experiences and little vignettes that make our lives extraordinary.”
—Anthea C. Sratigos
Find a little wonder this week—pick a flower, give a flower, and create memories.
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