Paying It Forward

Indigo IrisThis is my favorite flower.  This beautiful indigo iris was given to me by a coworker when we first bought the house ten years ago.  At the time, flowers were absent in our back yard, and we had few resources to invest in landscaping.  We relied on generous donations from friends and family, of cuttings from their own gardens to populate our landscape with flowers.

Over the years this iris has been divided, replanted and spread throughout the yard.  It has grown from one cluster to many planted in little tufts throughout my back yard.  It gives me joy every year. Whenever it blooms it reminds me of the generosity of my friends and family and how much I appreciated the gifts during a scarce time in my life.

Since that time, we’ve both moved forward and we no longer work together.  I wonder if she knows how much that one small iris has spread over the years and how much I still love it. I doubt she realizes that her gift has made such a lasting impact on my life.

WEED: FEELING I DON’T HAVE “ENOUGH” TO GIVE

SEEDS TO PLANT:  GENEROUS GIVING–EVEN ON A SMALL SCALE

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