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Archive for September 12th, 2009

Sharing Color with Others

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

A Gift of Color

Last week I met a new friend. We live a few blocks away, and she has flamingos in her yard (as I do). We wave when I drive by in my little blue New Beetle, but we have not talked before.

japaneselanternI took a walk past her home, intending to get some exercise. Instead, I saw her in her yard, and walked over to introduce myself. She asked me in for a glass of wine (I opted for ice water) and we chatted for at least 45 minutes. What a lovely surprise it was!

When I left, I commented on this beautiful cut frond in a bucket of water. She grew it herself, and gave it to me as a gift.

The plant has been on our table all week. I gave it water, and it perked up much more than in this photo. Now, as expected, its leaves are wilting.

Both my mother and my new friend say that the leaves will fall but the “Japanese Lanterns” will dry and stay decorative. I think that will be lovely. It will remind me of summer, when the snow falls.


I am thinking back just in the last few weeks. First, Rita gave me several types of beautiful tomatoes. The next week she gave me Swiss Chard in different colors, and more tomatoes. This friend gifted me with the Lantern frond for my table.

Brian went to the market and came home with a wonderful bouquet of what I think are zinnias or something like them, in amazing warm colors from yellow to purple. I am counting my blessings, as well as the colorful delights gifted to my eyes by these people in my life.

Question of the Day

How do you share color with others, or receive it from them? Do you go for walks and notice the gardens in your neighborhood? Do you enjoy the colors at the market or grocery? Do you buy a new color of nail polish as a dear friend likes to do? Do you buy crayons and share them with a toddler?

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