Unrelated note: I apologize for my long absence from my blog. I could not get pictures uploaded from my camera for quite a while, and Andrew was so busy I didn’t have the heart to ask him to look at it. I finally asked him this evening, and he got it straightened out.
Ever since the first small bloom opened up in our yard, Hannah has been bringing me flowers to put on the table.
Every day we trade out the wilted ones for fresh, new, bright-c0lored full-blooming ones. I don’t let her (or anyone else) pick the daffodils or tulips, but since our yard has little grass and an abundance of blooming weeds, Hannah can pick to her heart’s content.
I’m ashamed to admit that initially I thought, “And what do I do with this constant stream of “flowers” pouring in the door?” Then, with her insistence, I pulled out vases and put them on the table.
Now, I have come to really enjoy the bright cheeriness her flowers add to our table. They truly are beautiful, even if they are considered weeds. Hannah gives me flowers “because I am married” she tells me. I think she associates flowers with ladies who get married, and since I am married, I should have flowers. That’s fine by me!
Hannah can spend hours outside, even all by herself, contentedly strolling the back yard and picking flowers, arranging them in a lovely bouquet, and bringing them to present to me. Bouquet after bouquet, and I get out vase after vase. Today was a particularly flowerful day, and when I knew Andrew would be mowing soon, I decided we needed to capture today’s large yield on camera.
In addition to picking lots of dandelions, Hannah also drew and colored a vase of flowers for me. I thought she did a very good job on her picture.
After Andrew was done mowing this evening, and Hannah discovered the flower crop had been (at least temporarily) decimated, she was really sad. I’m not that worried, because I’m sure that in the morning, new blooms will have burst forth.
Even if the dandelion crop wanes, I have several packets of marigold and zinnia seeds that I’m going to let the kids plant in a big part of our garden this year. Unless I really miss my guess, they will have fun planting them, and squirting them with the water hose when it’s dry, and then they can pick all kinds of bouquets from those flowers. (I am really careful to select flower seeds that are pretty much no-fail ones to grow and bloom.)
At this stage of Hannah’s life, I have had to wonder if she’s going to someday as a bride carry a big bouquet of dandelions down the aisle when she gets married. Hmmm….