Wednesday, April 7, 2010

magnolia

one of my favorite things about spring has to be the magnolia tree.
it's fluffy, pink blossoms draw me in
and make me want to lay down
on the green grass
and gaze up for hours
watching the breeze float through the branches
i think part of the reason i am drawn to these trees are the wonderful memories of my grandmother's backyard
she had a beautiful magnolia tree in the corner
by the house
the picnic table always sat near it
she died almost 7 years ago
and although my grandfather still lives in the same house
we rarely visit
she was the quintessential host
her home was always immaculate
there was always something good to eat, to drink no matter when you showed up
we spent every holiday there
most weekends (especially in the summer - they had a pool)
my grandfather doesn't open the pool anymore
doesn't keep up with her beautiful garden
hasn't invited anyone over since she died
we do go there, but just to pop in, say hello, never to spend the day
so when i see a magnolia blossom in the spring
somehow
it feels like
just for a second
she is here


2 comments:

  1. This made me cry. I loved your grandma and can't believe it's been almost 7 years. Mine will have been gone for 5 years next Thursday. Seems like it was just yesterday I was talking to her on the phone. It breaks my heart that your grandpa doesn't have guests over. I have MANY wonderful memories of hanging out at their house and pool. Makes me wish we could be young again - if only for a few hours.

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  2. What a sweet blog about your grandmother. She was such a kind and loving person...always supportive of everyone at the Rep and always handing out hugs. It is wonderful that a thing as beautiful as a magnolia tree reminds you of her and her beautiful spirit. -Amelia

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