Blog post: Jus'open yore eyes: Wonderful memories

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Name: Pegi Putnam
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Samigal
Oct 27, 2012 8:25 PM CST
I think we all wish we had an Aunt Bett and a Ninnia to show us all this magic. What wonderful memories, and I will remember to open my eyes and look a little closer.
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Oct 27, 2012 8:36 PM CST
I used to feel a little bit embarrassed to mention to people that I grew up in the head of a holler in the mountains of Southeast Kentucky. There is that perpetual stigma attached to it, you know. But the truth is, I was the lucky one, and I am even luckier to now have those memories to live by. And someday, when I'm gone, I hope some of those memories will still be around.

Thank you, Pegi.
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Oct 27, 2012 10:57 PM CST
Everyone should be as fortunate to grow up as you did Sharon, so many lovely memories, what great teachers you had. Group hug
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Oct 27, 2012 11:10 PM CST
The older I get, the more I realize that, Margaret.
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vic
Oct 28, 2012 6:17 AM CST
Beautiful blooms Sharon, even if they were playing hide and seek Green Grin!

I agree that you are so blessed to have these two wise and wonderful women in your life Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Oct 28, 2012 1:53 PM CST
Thanks Vic!
Wise and wonderful they were for sure.

You stay safe in that storm, ya hear??
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Name: Terri
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aspenhill
Oct 30, 2012 9:41 AM CST
Hi Sharon,
Big storm, federal offices in the DC area are closed, and I am home without power, but am safe and warm. My laptop and little hot spot still have battery life, and I have spent a very enjoyable morning catching up with DG friends and searching out some of your stories. I re-read your article on graveyard moss which is featured today on DG and your recent blog entries here on ATP. Your stories always make me feel happy. Most of them also evoke some tucked away memory of my own, maybe that is another reason they always make me feel happy. Sometimes all it takes is little nudge to see the wonders that are right in front of us or the memories just waiting to be rediscovered.

Your blog post about "roots" brought to mind a conversation that I had many years ago with my Aunt Mary Lou, sounding very much like what I imagine your ninna sounding like. She had brought a trunk load of pass along plants from her cottage style garden in Pittsburgh. I was enthusiastically taking everything she had that had purple, pink, or white flowers, but was politely suggesting that the bright reds, oranges, and yellows go up the hill to my mother's garden. You see, I just prefer the cooler shade pallet for my woodland garden. She finally told me, "but Terri, God made flowers EVERY color of the rainbow". Such simple wisdom. I think of her every time I see those bright sun shine flowers. She is now 75 years young, and still gardening her backyard riot of color.

And now this blog post. I love the message, but it also evokes the thrill I felt when I first discovered may apple flowers. Back in the late 1980s when I first bought these wooded acres, the banks along the creek were covered with the little umbrella plants. I was new to everything related to the woods and was trying to determine what they were from a little native plant field guide. The description mentioned the flowers, so I went back for a second look, getting down on my hands and knees to find them. Life is filled with little thrills.
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Oct 30, 2012 10:01 AM CST
Terri, I'm so glad to hear that even without power, you are safe from the worst of the storm. And glad you are enjoying your day off with memories. I have not thought of the graveyard moss article in years, but I'm never without it in my garden because it keeps a lot of critters at bay, especially critters who like to nibble on my favorite blooms. Now I'll be thinking about those naps I took near the graveyard moss. Thanks for the reminder.

Little thrills. Sometimes it's the little thrills that keep us jumping from one day into the next. Little thrills like shy mayapples hiding under their umbrellas or a single red trillium when all around it the rest are white. Like the holly tree that suddenly dresses itself in red berries for the first time. Like the first bloom on a magnolia tree that you grew from seed. Little things, little thrills. They keep us going.

It's nice to hear from you again, so good to know you are safe. I enjoyed hearing about your Aunt Mary Lou, and glad she's still coloring up her backyard.

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