Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Gift of Gardenias

Recently, my husband and 5 year old daughter were in our front yard trimming some of the shrubs. One of them being my gardenia bush. While my husband was clipping all of the beautiful flowers, my daughter was picking them up off of the ground and making a big bouquet. It was so sweet of her to save my beautiful fragrant gardenias. There must have been 12-15 of them in the bouquet. She presented them to me and I put them in a vase. They lasted for about a week and made my kitchen smell heavenly.

Her kind gesture also did something else for me. It made me think back to my grandmother. My grandmother had a small vase on her kitchen table that always had a single gardenia in it. It was a very simple table decoration, but it made the area smell so nice.

Then I thought of how I would play in her yard and pick all of the dandelions and bring them to her. I could tell how she accepted these dandelions that she really appreciated this lovely gift from her grandchild. Even though they were weeds. She would then put these dandelion weeds in a vase in her kitchen.

Looking back, I can't help but chuckle at the reaction my grandfather must have had when he walked into the house to see a vase full of weeds in his kitchen. Although, I'm sure he understood.

Kid Convos: October 2014

Sugar Plum (age 5) & Charmer (age 2), on the way to church (October 19).
Sugar Plum: Look, [Charmer]! Look at me! Look at what I'm doing!
Charmer: No, I'm fine.
Sugar Plum: Look at me! Look at me!
Charmer: Hmmm mmm [ignoring Sugar Plum and humming].

... a few second later

Charmer: Look! Balloons! (car dealership at corner of red light we were at)
Sugar Plum: NO! I WILL NOT LOOK AT THE BALLOONS! (somebody's holding a grudge!)
Charmer: Balloons! Look [Sugar Plum], look!
Sugar Plum: NO!

... just as the light turns green

Sugar Plum: [Charmer]! Look at all the balloons!


Sugar Plum (age 5) & Daddy, during breakfast (October 24)
Sugar Plum: Daddy, do you know where I lived before I was 1?
Daddy: You always lived here in this house, but Mommy and Daddy lived in a different house before you were born.
Sugar Plum: No, Daddy. I lived in the temple.
Daddy: The temple? Do you mean you lived in heaven?
Sugar Plum: Yes. I lived in heaven for a long time. I had to wait a long, long time for good parents.
Daddy: Did you get good parents?
Sugar Plum: No, not really.
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