-Japanese Proverb, from "Lilies" Words and Music: Annie Walker”
If my grandmother had a penny to spare after meeting her family's needs, she very well might spend it on her garden - and she certainly understood the importance of dreaming. She didn't have an easy life, but she made the most of it. Her antidote to the disappointments in life - and she had many - was family and flowers.
Each year when I see the banks of pristine white lilies at the altar on Easter morning, I think of her. I think of the purity, sacrifice and loss they symbolize and I think about what I would give for the opportunity to take a lily to her on Easter. I lost my grandmother, who raised me, when I was 20, so the time I could surprise her with a lovely plant on Easter is long gone. If you are blessed to still have your grandmother with you, consider taking her a lily - or other lovely plant - this weekend. Easter lilies can be planted in her garden and bloom again and again.
Many of the nurseries in Southeast Texas have them in stock. I saw some large, healthy ones at Al Cook earlier today ($7.99 - pictured above). Home Depot and Lowe's also had them in stock. Pop them in a pretty basket, add a ribbon and you're good to go.