The best Christmas present ever…………

I grew up a total daddy’s girl.
After two boys,my mother was overjoyed to have a girl.She tried dressing my in frou-frou clothes.
Totally,didn’t work.
But I wanted to be with my dad.

In his garden,in the summer.
And,in the winter,in his greenhouse.

And when Michael,the Elder,was born,guess who held my hand?
Yep-my Dad.
Michael’s dad was in the Navy and was away,on a ship.It was the Vietnam era,after all.

Readers of this blog know my Dad loved his orchids.
That’s why he built the greenhouse.To house them in the winter.

Fast forward,about 50 + years.After my mother passed,and it was time for him to go to an ALF,he let me have his orchids.
The only advice he gave me was,”Don’t baby them.They grow in the mountains for God’s sake.They can take a lot.”

I tried to follow his advice,and ignored them.
I’m good at benign neglect.Very,very good….
And they bloomed.

We actually divided the largest up and gave one to Erich,the Younger.
He’s a gardener just like his Grandpa.Oh,so very like his Grandpa.

But,after he died three years ago,they stopped blooming.
Oh shit!
What have I done?
It’s been three years,since my Dad passed,and not a bloom….
Nada…
Zilch….
Nothing…

But,today,on my walk-about thru the garden,and the lanai,I found this….
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Thanks,Dad.
Merry Christmas!!!!

6 responses to “The best Christmas present ever…………

  1. What a WONDERFUL gift! A huge smile is on my face just for you.

    Have a lovely Christmas ~ FlowerLady

  2. Absolutely enjoyable! Merry Christmas and that is a beautiful present from your Dad!

  3. Such a beautiful tribute to your family and especially your Dad. Lucky for you to still have a living plant that meant so much to him. Merry Christmas!

  4. Hello my friend. I was looking through my blog roll…how are you doing? Good to see you are still gardening. I sure do miss mine. But then, I miss a lot of things from my Old Life.

    Lovelovelove to you!

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