Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Tulips


It's nice to be missed. You know who you are!:) I haven't blogged in a few days, because 'things' have been kind of busy around here. But I do miss it and find myself writing posts in my head as the day goes on. Today, it's an odd mixture of thoughtful, reflective stuff, and a mix of silly stuff.

It's been seven years ago today since my mom passed away. I thought of her all day -- not a day goes by that I don't think of her. My aunt took me for a belated birthday lunch and we were walking the outdoor mall in Boulder. Every planter was bursting with tulips -- all colors and varieties. It was so wonderful to see. My mom LOVED tulips. I think because they made her think of Holland and she always wanted to see Holland. She said her fascination with the country began as a little girl when she read "Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates." She liked everything about the country, especially the Blue Delft china that was made there. When I was growing up, our kitchen was done in blue and white, with a Blue Delft clock that hung on the wall. Through the years, Mom collected assorted pieces of Delft and she displayed them on a knick-knack shelf that my dad made for her. I have several of the pieces now, and get a warm, comfy feeling when I look at them.

This afternoon, son #2 had a baseball game. Girl-child and I went to watch. Our chairs were set up next to two couples who were sharing just 2 chairs. For the first five innings, the women sat and talked. I learned more about their families, jobs, friends, feelings, joys -- probably more than I should have as they confided "the dirt" about various things going on in their lives. They left the game early and their husbands took over the chairs. I kid you not, for two entire innings they talked about THEIR LAWNS. Crab grass, aerating, mowing, weed killer, pee spots, watering, fertilizer. They would talk a bit, watch the game, talk a bit more. Always returning to the same subject. Kinda funny.

We had a large brick planter put in the front of our house last summer. I put in a couple shrubs, not sure what to do with it. Now, I wish I had filled it with tulip bulbs. This must be a good year for them, because they have just livened up our town, sprouting great splashes of color in the parks and in yards and gardens. I think I'll yank out the ugly, thorny little bushes I put in and fill it with violas this spring. And then in the fall, I'll plant some bulbs.


8 comments:

Judy said...

Tulips, Holland, Delft,

I'm all about that!

So glad you have things that remind you of your mom. Now when I look at my 'Dutch things' I will remember you!

amy said...

What a sweet post!


thanks for signing up for the scavenger hunt...we are having a blast

amy said...

I completely understand..maybe next time..I will give myself a break before the next one..have a great day

Barb said...

When you no longer feel the pressure to post every single day, then you know you're getting it all balanced. Good for you.

Yesterday was a sad anniversary for you. Of course you miss her and think about her every day. I would too.

dew said...

I'm very sorry about your mom. I know these anniversaries can be hard.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

What a sweet post, and I know how you feel. Later this summer, it will be 5 years since my mom passed away. I still think of her and miss her every day. And see things that remind me of her. With my mom, it's often "redbirds" or red cardinals. They make me smile, though, as I know the tulips and the Delft pieces do for you :) I hope you get those tulip bulbs planted this fall!

Take care, and have a blessed day :)

Becky said...

Daren, I love tulips too. We can't grow them in Florida. But .. I have been at the outdoor mall in Boulder and loved it. I can picture it full of tulips and I think it would be beautiful. Enjoy! And it is wonderful you can see tulips and think of your dear mama. What a wonderful thought.

kris said...

That was a lovely post. I'm lucky enough to still have my parents, but I can imagine all the little things that will remind me of them when they're no longer here. I think putting tulip bulbs in your containers is a great idea - what a nice tribute to your mom's memory.