I bought these little enameled vases
At “Crazy Days”
And only remember using them once.
Until Harper and Henry discovered them
They spent most of that Friday
Snapping off tulips
To make “rrangements”.
So, of course, I had to send some home with them.
Later that year when I visited.
I noticed these little vases all over their house
They were constantly changing the flowers
Kids love to pick flowers
And they seldom leave enough stem
To actually put in a vase.
So these tiny renditions
Were just the ticket.
Kids also learn by watching.
And they have a splendid example
Of arranging in their mother.
In all the years of their marriage
There are always flower arrangements around
When we visit.
In the guest room
On the fireplace mantel
And kitchen window sill
Along with the dining table.
The kids have picked up on this
Often having flowers in their room.
Luckily, Elliott is good at growing flowers
Supplying dahlias and roses and hydrangeas
All season long.
It’s the simple things
That we often remember about our childhoods.
The smell of my mother’s pies in the oven.
The warmth of the fire that my father
Built each winter day.
Standing over my grandmother’s floor furnace
Making my night gown into a warm balloon.
The roses at her front door.
I’m thankful for the memories
That Kristina and Elliott are creating
For their family.
And happy that flowers are part of those memories.
Happy Mother’s Day