AJ’s Garden

Remember how I like gardens? Here is a look at my aunt’s garden.

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Visiting with J-One

J-One is a laugh and a half.

One minute he’s playing make-believe as a King of Swords and Buyer of Suitcases, the Comedy Suitcase Traveling Man and the Jew in the Consulate. (don’t ask how he came up with these titles, we don’t know.)

Then he stopped playing in the pool, dropped to his knees and started praying for his imaginary friend, Monkey America, to come home.

And a long conversation of how “you can be a kid an’ adult at the same time.”

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Garden at the Edge of Beyond

Oma bought me this book several years ago and I just LOVE the word pictures. It has become a favorite book that I re-read a few times every year, and Oma’s garden sometimes makes me remember the book even more.

Such flowers they were! – larger and fuller than any on earth, as if they themselves were the reality and those I had formerly loved were but their shadows. Not a petal or leaf showed speck of brown or wilt. Every inch of every plant was radiantly alive, as if they would continue to grow larger and more abundant of life the more one drank in their beauty. Decay did not appear among the characteristics of this place.

This strange land possessed a vague familiarity, as of a homeland infinitely distant in forgotten childhood, now suddenly remembered as the place one was always meant to live.

– Garden at the Edge of Beyond by Michael Phillips

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iheartfaces: All Boy

It was a glorious week: my cousin (and Best Friend) was in town with her 3 adorable boys and husband. One day while Mom and Dad were on a date for their anniversary, I met up with the crew at the Purple Park. J-One was convinced that we didn’t need to take pictures ‘cuz Mom and Dad don’t need to see where we were today’. J-Two stood on the little bridge just watching until I asked if he wanted to swing. J-Two loves to swing, so off we went to swing for the entire time. Sweetheart!

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