I remember those days when my identity...as well as my name...was Johnny and Jamie Vater's Mom. Particularly in the elementary school years, one didn't have a name, as much as a moniker of parental association. Of course, I didn't mind...proud to be known as such.
Last week, I was out in the front garden piddling and puttering. A lovely woman stopped and we chatted a moment. "Would you mind if I got out and took a look?" she asked. As I was not knee
deep in garden reverie nor mud, I said of course and so she did. She told me that
she had recognized my front yard before she recognized me, yet another identity separate from myself...and a recognition that has recently happened more than once. With a detour down my street as a result of construction on Western Avenue, I have had far more passers-by than normal; this woman had not previously been down my block to identify it as mine. While strolling through the garden, she told me that she watches me and LC on 4 YOUR GARDEN on Fridays, that she reads my blog and admires my horticultural handiwork.
She kindly thanked me for being gracious and what she felt I had done to promote gardening in Oklahoma City. I was, of course, extremely flattered and pleased, and invited her back sometime. We affectionately parted, new friends via a gardening tether.
My back window box which has been rather neglected of late...I resolve to give it more attention this season.
And truly, what is more gracious and welcoming than a brimming window box? Please join me and Linda Cavanaugh today at 4:30 to talk about planting free-standing window boxes with spring blossoms and foliage... a gracious gesture from your home to those who pass by.