Four years ago
When we were planning the first Good News Easter Egg Hunt
We didn’t have a lot of children in our congregation.
So we encouraged everyone to invite
And neighbor’s children
And friend’s children.
And they did.
Two families from Wichita have come home every year.
So I was elated
When Elliott and Kristina
Began making plans to bring Henry & Harper
Here for their first Easter.
Traveling with twin 8 month old babies
Is brave to say the least.
But they have been amazingly relaxed parents.
Last Saturday afternoon
We gathered in the garden.
Many of these children have been coming every year.
They are very comfortable in my garden
They know they are welcome to wonder through it all
As long as they stay on the path.
They can even leave their name in chalk.
Fewer and fewer each year are concerned about
Ladybugs crawling up their arms.
This year one child even made my
“Why do we release ladybugs in the garden” speech spontaneously for me.
Sloan realized that we were a bit deprived
In the signage department
And convinced her mom to fix that problem.
As more children have come to our church
Our numbers have grown.
It’s common to have three generations of families come.
Sometimes even four.
Which is why I was thrilled when
My uncle George dropped by
To meet Harper & Henry.
George is the last of my father’s 12 siblings.
It was a poignant moment to see them together.
The past meeting the future.
Gardens have always been a gathering place
A place of reflection
A place to pass along knowledge
Generations of life happen in a garden.
I’m so pleased that some of those memories
Are being made each Easter
In my garden.
Thank you for this personal indulgence. I promise to get to serious gardening next week!
6 responses to “GENERATIONS”
Loved this. What a ” sharing person you must be. So moving that Uncle George got to meet darlings Harper and Harry. Have a good weekend.
Thank you Martie. Like most gardeners I love having people – especially children – in my garden.
Gardening doesn’t get more serious than introducing it to the younger generations while still appreciating the contribution of the senior generation. Nice post. 🙂
Thank you, I like the way you think, Judy
What a blessing you, your family and your Garden are. We love being a part of this special time with you each year! So happy that we became neighbors!
P.S. Sloan just mentioned this morning that she can’t wait to plant flowers with Miss Gail this year. So until Henry and Harper convince their parents to move here, you’ve got some honorary grandchildren as long as you’ll have them 🙂
Thanks, Torry. We are lucky to have landed next door to each other. I want to be an honorary Gigi forever. The more the merrier.