Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Bestest Garden

Noah decided he wanted his own spot of earth.  His own garden to do with as he would.  He chose this spot under the butterfly bush, where there was water and stone and earth.

Noah chose the plants for his vegetable plot - strawberries and spinach, transplanted from the big garden.  He watered them well, and now Elfie the garden elf watches over Noah's own private paradise.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Growing up there was a shady corner in front of the shed, just outside of my bedroom window, that was full of lilies of the valley.  They bloomed in May in Rhode Island, I think, and I remember my mom insisting I look at them and smell them and appreciate them.  I'm not entirely sure I did appreciate them then, but I do now.  I don't have the right kind of damp shady corner these guys like, and so they are in a dry shady spot under the hydrangeas out front.  No matter - they bloomed.

Last night I sat on the couch and the living room smelled like perfume from the lilies of the valley and the lilac.  I closed my eyes and just sniffed, remembering the garden in Kingston and all the springs I have smelled.  Then I noticed a weird sour note as I sniffed, and opened my eyes to the pair of small stinky sweat socks on the couch beside me, and the small bare feet careening through the house.  I left the socks on the couch, but took the boy out to appreciate the lilies of the valley.  Or not.

Thursday, April 5, 2012