Guess what??!! My bulbs bloomed! I’m shocked. I hoped and planted and trusted and cried over the one slug eaten daffodil and now I’m totally amazed that I have a backyard full of blooms. I keep going out in the backyard and checking to make sure they are there. The tulips are even up. I am already planning on planting more this coming fall. I want lillies.
My daughter shares my joy. She has a bumblebee watering can which is getting daily usage. She wants to water the flowers even when its raining. I appreciate this committment. She’s no fair weather caretaker.
She turned five this last weekend. Someone asked her how old she was and she replied “Five. Five is a big deal.” She’s right.
I love the daffodils, tulips, crocus and Hyacinth but my favorite flower in the backyard right now is the dandelion. I love watching my five-year old traipse around the backyard gathering up the cheerful flower. I love that dandelions can survive and thrive everywhere. I love how they make my daughter want to give. Her hands thrust out with a huge smile.
I went running after work today. My daughter asked if she should come. I said sure, you can do the first lap with me, go get your running clothes on. She came back in plaid red and green pants and a turquoise t-shirt on backwards. She jogged ahead of me and ran all the way around the big block, .38 of a mile. She only stopped once. It was to pick a dandelion.
Parenting this child is a joy. Watching her grow is a treasure. Bloom my honey girl. Bloom.