Wednesday, May 2, 2007
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.