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

Their grandchildren

And great-grandchildren

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

And respectful.


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

And wisdom.

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!


Filed under Easter Egg Hunt, Grandchildren, Grandchldren Generations, Lady Bugs, spring

6 responses to “GENERATIONS

  1. 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.

  2. Gardening doesn’t get more serious than introducing it to the younger generations while still appreciating the contribution of the senior generation. Nice post. 🙂

  3. Torry

    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 🙂

  4. 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.

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