Love is forever
Tuesday February 14th 2012, 11:52 pm
Filed under: Amaryllis,Crohn's flare,Friends

Paying it forward on that little rose plant…

Richard gave me amaryllis bulbs back in December, and today, the first one was close to blooming: five blossoms showing, the color just beginning to come in.

We have a friend who is just one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet, who was asking me questions about a year ago about Crohn’s disease; turned out she had just been given that diagnosis and was trying to take it all in. She’s a widow, about retirement age, a lot older than most people get it and with her beloved gone, it made me keenly aware of how lucky I am. I was I think the one person she knew who had it too.

We happen to know she loves amaryllises like I do. So I called and asked if we could drop by tonight.

A few minutes later, she was on the sidewalk with her small dog, watching us pull up.

She was so delighted. “What color is it?” as she held the pot. The streetlights weren’t telling.

“Pink and white, it’s an Appleblossom.”

“Oh, my favorite!”

That bulb was big enough there ought to be a second stalk showing up any time to continue the show. There is nothing like watching something grow as you care for it, and amaryllises do such a spectacular job of responding to a simple daily glass of water.

Happy Valentine’s!

And to Katy’s beloved late husband: that was for you, too. Your Katy is just the best. But you knew that.

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Good grief… Blogland has me weeping at my desk. At least your post produced happy tears!

Comment by Channon 02.15.12 @ 7:32 am

I’m glad you could pass it on and let it and love grow. My sister in law had serious problems with ulcerative colitis as a child and wound up without a large part of her intestines. (It somehow didn’t stop her from have 6 kids or serving missions in Mongolia and Taiwan). Anyway, my MIL says she is constantly surprised by people who come up to her and say, “Your daughter saved my life by teaching me how to live with this problem proving that I could.”

I hope Sam’s white blood cells are multiplying and getting to work.

Comment by LauraN 02.15.12 @ 8:35 am

Besides not being a knitter, I’m not a gardener. But that doesn’t stop me from appreciating both. Watching these grow (on knitting needles, or in the ground) is a wondrous thing.

Comment by Don Meyer 02.15.12 @ 10:04 am

I’ve been busy, but realized today that I have been missing your blog. So I am popping in quickly to wish you the best of everything. Especially platelets for Sam.

Comment by marti 02.15.12 @ 1:39 pm

Before we move, my neighbor is going to adopt the last of may garden plants (a peony, some monkshood, some dead nettle etc).
I plan to make an indoor garden (albeit tiny) somewhere in our new home.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 02.15.12 @ 4:07 pm

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