May Memory


There they were.  As a child, I first discovered them while skipping along my maternal grandmother’s winding, weathered sidewalk path.  It led to beautiful backyard gardens of assorted tulip beds and pastel peonies planted along an aging wrought iron fence.  They were nearly growing wild in patches abutting cool cement basement blocks under Grandma’s kitchen window.  I kneeled too low for her to see or catch me there…I’d snip off a stem or two, until before I knew, I had almost more than I could hide or carry!

Sneaking off behind the back of my Grandpa’s shingled garage, I’d sit in the sun.  Crossing gangly legs on moist grass of green, newborn spring rosied my face.  Then, between youthful growing forefingers, I’d gingerly roll textured leaves, gently touching the tiniest white bells I’d ever seen.  Did they ring?  Lifting them closely to my ear, I swore ‘twinkling’ sounds could nearly be heard.  Ahh, my imagination.  An aroma wafted just below my nose, smelling sweeter than any colored rose!  The scent reminded me of Grandma’s perfume upon kissing the folds of her neck or the plump of her soft powered cheek.

As I grew up and older into a teen, “Lilly of the Valley” was always my favorite flower together with my favorite scent.  Memories from childhood carried on, I think.  When the time came for me to marry, I so wanted this blossom to be part of my wedding bouquet. Over thirty years ago this month, when the florist told me and my then, “finance” that a single stem would cost $15.00, I opted to carry silk instead.  I still had the beauty while the fragrance floated throughout my vast imagination…..

Guess what?  I truly did hear the twinkling of my favorite ‘Lilly’ bells ringing during that glorious sun filled afternoon!

May Memories to last a Lifetime.

*one of my favorite posts of May

 

73 thoughts on “May Memory

  1. Your writing is so beautiful. We grow lily of the valley in our garden and I also remember seeing it at my grandmother’s house. I like the way that those early memories of flowers and places and people blend together 🙂 Judy

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    • Thank you, Judy. You are so kind to compliment me. I am so happy to be writing and fortunate to have readers here with me! LOVE that you have this beautiful flower growing in your garden. The sweetest scent…:)

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    • You are all far too kind, Terese. Thank you for saying words to warm my heart. Typically, I don’t have these ‘memories’ until my fingers tap keys on my keyboard. So, come along with me. No fun to ‘travel’ alone! Blessings.

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  2. My Mom loved lily of the valley flowers, even had that French perfume, Muguet Des Bois? or something like that! I love your story about your grandfather and the way you wrote it brought back some special memories for me, too! I nominated you for an award today, please check out my May Day post! (Dominoes actually is a poem I wrote on it!) Smiles, Robin

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    • Robin, another ‘memory’ for me! I used to wear the same perfume! Haven’t seen it in years. Will have to check on-line. Thank you so much for everything! I will view your generous nomination as soon as I get back to my office. 🙂 🙂

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  3. Oh, and I especially like the way you described your Grandmother’s neck and her scent, too. It was behind your Grandfather’s garage that I got taken away on a memory of my grandfather’s gardens! Off the beaten path… I also like the way you chose to include them in your wedding bouquet, while silk is a great way to help it last since not only are lilies of the valley expensive, they are rather delicate for a bouquet! I like a small handful in a little vinegar ‘pitcher.’ It is just the perfect size! Smiles, Robin

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    • Oh, I would have loved to have the ‘real’ thing, but we bought a house instead. 🙂 Lovely that you remember your grandfather’s flower gardens, too! I still have my ‘silk’ wedding bouquet in glass where I see it every day! 🙂 I wonder what the price would be today for a stem of, “Lilly of the Valley” in a wedding bouquet????

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      • I remember as a “youth” watching every little thing in my path. It seems the older we get we don’t notice as much but need to : ) Your photos were beautiful!

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      • You are so right. I think that is why children are such a delight. Everything is ‘new’ to them. Thank you for your compliment regarding the pictures. I searched online to find just the ‘right’ ones! 🙂

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      • You certainly found the “perfect” photos. I enjoy when my Grandson who is 3 1/2 comes to visit as he points out all the things that I tend to take for granted but are so fascinating to him.

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  4. Your post is so lovely. I was picturing my teen daughter out picking flowers;she’s been making bouquets since she was a toddler. Lily of the valley is also a favorite of mine because of its wonderful fragrance. I certainly won’t take them for granted now that I know what they’d cost from a florist.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    • Thank you, Wendy. How precious that your dear daughter enjoys arranging bouquets. Yes, the price of $15.00 a stem was 30 years ago! Imagine what the cost would be today? Such delicate little bells of sweet fragrance. I will always love them. Thank you for reading, Wendy. Blessings. 🙂

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  5. Thank you dear Kim for visiting my blog. Lily of the valley is also a favorite of mine because of its wonderful fragrance.The same fragrance of my favorite purfum Diorissimo! I enjoy to meet you!
    To visit you soon.
    Love
    L

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    • Laura, thank you. I will have to look for your sweet perfume, I have missed having this fragrance for a very long time. Thanks for sharing with me.

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  6. My grandmother had a large bed of Lily-of-the-valley in her garden, too. I love the flower and the scent and a few months ago planted some, for myself. Fingers crossed that come the spring they will bloom. Your photos are stunning!

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    • So glad my writing brought back memories of your own grandmother’s beautiful “Lilly” gardens. Thank you for visiting me, Jill. Hoping spring soon brings your precious blooms to you. 🙂

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  7. Thank you for taking the time to come and visit me yet again,I am appreciative of your time and attention. Each time I visit your site I learned a little something more about you. We share a love of flowers for example. I raised my daughter alone through middle school, high school, and now half of college. Every spring we plant a small flower garden together outside the kitchen porch. Creating our flower garden together is one of my favorite events of year.

    Alex

    I wish you healing, health, and happiness,
    Alex

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    • Alex, what a delightful treasure you are creating with your daughter! ‘Memories’ to last your lifetime and beyond…So special. Thank you for your kindness, blessed wishes, and your time. To you, the same. 🙂

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    • It seems there have been many planted in, ‘Grandparents,’ gardens. Warm memories for us! “Happy Mother’s Day,” to you, too. Coming soon… Thank you for visiting my blog. 🙂

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  8. This memory is captivating, enthralling – the words, the phrases, and the pictures of the present. And I know a bit about your childhood now that you’d snipped off more stems than you could hide or carry 🙂

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  9. I always listened for the bluebells to ring as a small boy. At least the buttercups would shine a yellow light on tiny chins. Nice memories and lovely photos Kim.
    Cheers
    Laurie.

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  10. The garden of memories. Beautiful pictures.

    Plus the ending made me chuckle, 15 G´s….so you opted for silk. Good option. Probably would´ve spend your kids college tuition in that one day 🙂

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