Heart of the Home

| April 2006

Orchids bring back beautiful memories

I admire every kind of flower. I grow as many as I can fit in my tiny garden, even though I am 85 years old.

My favorite flower is the orchid because I remember my first one so well. When I started my career as a secondary teacher, the job included directing the class plays.

After my first successful production, the students presented me with an orchid bouquet, shipped from Hawaii. My students were so proud, and I was proud of them.

In later years, I have been in Hawaii three times, and the orchids are always so beautiful. They bring back beautiful memories as well.

Winterset, Iowa

Awaiting arrival of lovely lilacs

I don't think any flower has a better scent than that of the old-fashioned, pale-blue lilac. It was my mother's favorite, and it is mine, as well.

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