THE BLOOMS OF FRIENDSHIP
There’s not much of anything new blooming in The Land of Making Do. Today’s What’s Blooming Wednesday is with a twist. A beautiful twist.
Do you have friends that do special things to cheer you up? I hope you do. Since I am blessed so, I wish that for you, too.
While visiting a friend recently, she said she wanted to cut some sunflowers to send home with me. We walked behind her house, and Oh, my! Why didn’t I get a picture of her sunflower and zinnia gardens? (Has anyone seen my thinking cap?)
It was amazing, and you would have loved seeing the hundreds of blooms. Aren’t these beautiful?
A few of my (measly) yard clippings are mixed in, as well. Chocolate mint (since it is taking over this year!) and rosemary sprigs add different textures.
To avoid the lamb’s ear blooms forming seeds and dropping them, I was sure to clip a few of those. Don’t you love their fuzzy-ness?
The last of the season’s garden-fresh tomatoes from a local farm await their service on a tomato sandwich.
My friend has shared many of her garden blessings with me, not only these flowers. We have enjoyed every morsel. (Her canned pickles are the perfect mixture of sweet and tart.)
More than anything, it is always her care behind the giving that sticks with me. When the flowers fade and the vegetables are digested, her friendship and care linger on….
She welcomes you into her home with a smile and a hug, dotes on you as if you really are queen of something, and then sends you home with bounty from her labor. That makes my heart bloom. I am truly blessed, and I praise God for her friendship.
How I wish to be that kind of friend. Shouldn’t we all strive to be like that – to be a blessing to everyone who enters our home?
Not perfection. Not expensive surroundings. Rather, surroundings of love and care…and focused attention. We should give our friends our focused attention that speak beautiful blooms into their lives every day of the year.
I’m inspired today to be more intentional. Are you? To express our care for friends in any we can is a lasting gift. No garden necessary. We may have no sunflower or zinnia patches, but we have love and we care for our friends…and we can share that.
Let’s open our doors with a smile and a hug, shall we?
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