Thursday, February 28, 2008

February 28, 1998-2008

Ten years have past since this Peace Lily came.
A gift at your birth.

I am caring for it now.
The leaves get dusted and the soils refreshed every so often.
I water your plant with the leftover water Grandpa brings home after his day of work.
Water that is room temperature, water that has traveled the city,
water that I pour with gratitude and love.

It has two blooms today.
Once they are finished I will give your birth plant a hair cut.
I will dry the spathe for your memorial tree.
I will bring it in June with fresh rosemary,
on the date of your next new birth.

I care for your birth plant and it cares for me.
My air is cleaned and refreshed.
My eyes soothed by the green foliage.
A tiny whiff of sweet fragrance reminds me of you.

I looked at the pictures from all four of your birthday parties.
You liked Blue's Clues.

We remember this day when you graced us with your tiny smile.


Cheryl said...

I can say nothing, you have moved me beyond words.

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
Thank you. I understand the warmth of no words. My Grandson was a fine little boy with too many health challenges. He taught me how to live in the moment. He delighted in the world. I think of his smile often.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am glad you have a great symbol of your grandson Sherry. I know he is in your heart always.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
My son entrusted me with three of Owen's plants. So far they are doing okay. Come spring I think I will repot the two Peace Lilies. They look as if they need fresh soil.
He is in my heart and my mind. I can look out my office window and see his memorial tree. I have watched it grow. In the past I have posted about his tree. This year I decided the Peace Lily would be a fun post since one has two blooms.
Life is full of twists and turns.

Deb said...

Sending you the warmest of wishes. A truly lovely post.

Deb & Kate

Q said...

Dear Deb and Kate,
Thank you. You have read a few of my tribute posts. Seems the older I get the more of these I have. There are some birthdays that I celebrate quietly.
Life has its poignant times. Having the joy of the Peace Lily takes away a bit of the sting.
thank you for your friendship.

Mary said...

My heart breaks.


meggie said...

How truly precious to have those plants.

Cheryl said...

You filled my mind last evening Sherry and when I went to bed you were the last person I thought of. Just wanted you to know.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
Life surprises me often. I learned so much from this little boy.
He taught all of us to dig down deep and find our good. With his help we did!

Q said...

Dear Meggie,
My son took care fo Owen's plants until last September when he moved to the west coast. He asked me to take of them until he was settled. I am glad they are here.

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
Thank you! I felt blessing coming my way. I went to my friend's book signing and took photos for her. I was somewhat nervous. I am used to taking pictures of birds.
All went fine.
I am waiting for my friend to come over for a late lunch and visit right now.
Thank you for thinking of me.

Chrissie said...

The peace lilies are beautiful. Sending you a warm hug

Q said...

Dear Chris,
Thank you. I never know from day to day what challange will be offered. I only hope I will have the strength and graciousness to be able to meet what ever comes my way. Thank you for your friendship.

Karen Owen said...

Beautifully written and so moving. You brought tears to my eyes.


Q said...

Dear Karen,
Thank you.
We remember and are grateful for the days Owen shared with us.