A couple of decades ago my job was designing, installing and maintaining perennial flower garden
All around town.
It was fun and very hard work.
During the summer maintenance season
I would hire daughters of friends to help me.
Megan, Cristina and Ashley outlasted them all.
For instance Megan’s sister Katie told me at the end of the first…and only summer for her.
“This has been fun, but I don’t ever want to do this again.”
But it was Megan who just kept coming back.
She worked from Jr. High through High School.
Then in college she would come back each fall to help me plant bulbs.
Even post college she was there for me digging trenches
And burying bulbs.
We’ve had great conversations
That have matured with each year.
We often talked about the garden party I would have for her.
When she married.
Last fall when Megan came for our bulb planting ritual
There was only one subject of conversation
So it was no surprise that at Christmas Megan and JP were engaged.
After years of dreaming about Megan’s wedding and parties
The planning began.
What’s that saying about making plans.
“If you want to make God laugh…tell him your plans.”
Well God must have doubled over with laughter at this one.
Because JP is in the Navy
Scheduling of everything was on Navy time.
In this instance that means fast.
A mid-April wedding was planned not at home
But in Corpus Christi where JP was stationed.
No problem…if there’s anything Megan loves as much as JP and gardens
Its’ the beach
But there was only time and space for family and a few close friends.
No problem…we’ll have a reception here
In my garden
Just like we planned
Sometime in Mid-May when all is happily blooming!
JP and Megan have to be in their new destination by May 6th.
OK we’re flexible
May 2nd it will be.
A simple ice cream social with wedding cakes
Friends and family in attendance for the perfect send off.
The morning of May 2nd brought
30 mile an hour north winds
With gusts to 40
OK God I get the idea.
Thankfully for once I half way believed
Our over zealous weather forecaster
And cut every tulip that was blooming
The Saturday before the party.
They spent the week in the safety of my spare refrigerator.
And the day before the party Kay – Megan’s mother suggested
“We might want to go ahead and cut whatever else we need.”
So we cut buckets of Boxwood and Viburnum
And even cut a few Lilacs from Kelly’s yard.
We simply brought the garden indoors.
Now there’s no doubt that I was disappointed
That I couldn’t give Megan the garden party of her dreams.
But here’s the thing.
When Thursday night came.
Megan and JP were beaming
Friends who have watched her grow up
Family who loved her from the moment they knew she was coming into this world.
All of us were there
Eating gelato and wedding cake.
And sending Megan & JP out into the world
Knowing that they are deeply loved.
That they are rooted and grounded in this place with these people.
As my sister Pat said at Elliott & Kristina’s wedding.
“We have loved giving you roots and wings
It is the greatest satisfaction of our lives.
Know that we celebrate with you as you join hands,
Spread your wings and fly.”
Here’s to a happy life Megan
And gardening all over the world.
All my love,