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bleeding hearts : wonder wednesday

ever wonder how a smell, song, or flower can instantly ignite an old memory?

this did it for me.  bleeding hearts.


neatly tucked behind the corner of a garage i almost missed them.  i haven’t seen them since the last time i was home at my mom’s, which has been a number of years.  i literally gasped when i saw this old beautiful plant.  stumbling upon it brought back my grandmother’s memory at first glance.  bleeding hearts.  they were her favorite.  the ones at my mom’s were taken from my grandmother’s home when she passed away.  something about her memory lives on in this old plant.

i couldn’t wait to pull my boys aside to show them and tell them about their great-grandma.  she was a crazy old soul.  a shameless truth teller.  i sure miss her.

a flower.  so simple.  and yet powerful enough to ignite a memory deeply imbedded in our soul.

is there a flower you associate with a childhood memory or person?

do share.


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  • Leilani May 15, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Oh my goodness! I have never seen such things. How beautiful. I would definitely say morning glories are my childhood flower. LOVE them. We lived across the street from my grandparents and every morning during our visits we would admire the blue trumpets hanging outside their kitchen window. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  • Noelle May 15, 2013, 7:22 pm

    Your posts are always so insightful and really make me think.. well I think for me it’s blackberries wild ones, they grew near my Grandma’s in an empty lot and we would go there and pick them. We had such fun.. still love them.. thanks Noelle

    • Tammy May 17, 2013, 3:41 am

      wild blackberries. speaks a lot about you, dear one. i love them too.

  • Krista May 16, 2013, 7:06 am

    Lilacs….always lilacs….100 year old bushes growing next to my childhood homestead. I miss them so much my heart aches when I catch a whiff of that heavenly smell. The deer keep eating mine, so I can’t even grow them!

    • Tammy May 17, 2013, 3:43 am

      mmmm…i love that vision. 100 year old lilac bushes in the picturesque home of your childhood. a heavenly scent to add to such a magical place. they are one of my favorites too.

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