Happy Birthday, Carol!
Sophie - what do you think of when you think of Aunt Carol?
"Because she is always wearing green and she is always gardening. Plus, she always gives us gardening-related Easter presents."
Sam - what do you think of when you think of Aunt Carol?
Carrots? Did you say carrots?
"Because it kind of sounds like Carol, and she is always talking about gardens"
Seth - what do you think of when you think of Aunt Carol?
"She loves to plant flowers and her favorite color is green and a lot of gardens have green in them."
(Seth is 6)
Mom, what do you think of when you think of your sister, Carol?
"I think of when she was maybe 6 and I was 3. We all had little garden plots, all in a row. Carol had the best garden plot of all five of us. Hers was right in the middle of the row. Mine was underneath the faucet and all my plants always were flooded out. Maybe those early successes of hers is what helped to propel her into her obsession (oops - did I say that?), her love of gardening"
"I remember the story of her getting into some fertilizer when she was really little. It was quite a big deal. They had to monitor her closely for the next 24 hours, and not let her sleep to make sure that none of the poison was absorbed through the skin."
"I think of when she was in high school and the journalism teaching begged her to major in journalism in college, but she was adamant that she would major in horticulture."
"I remember her jobs during college - K-Mart Gardening section, Furrows lumber and building materials (garden section, of course), her job at that greenhouse far, far away."
It would have been a waste not to have a summer job involving gardening, right?
"I remember her first garden in her little apartment. How people used to walk by, then do a double-take and come back for a second look."
"Then I think of each of her houses, not the house, but the garden that went with the house."
She's Carol, the Gardening Aunt.
So you'll love me - As the excavation of my soul continues, more and more epiphanies are breaking through. I have been intentional in listening to my heart, my "deep down."...
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