Saturday, October 13
the whole bunch...
There's a little old lady who lives just around the corner. She is always in her front garden: digging, weeding, planting, snipping and watering. Even though her home fronts a busy street, I've never seen her making small talk with strangers. She always appears absorbed in her work.
It goes without saying that her garden is magnificent and her springtime blooms are the best.
One day, Lily suddenly decided that she was sick of admiring the flowers from a distance. So she sped ahead of me on her scooter, wheeled straight through the open gate and asked for one.
Unfazed, the woman took out her secateurs and began to snip away. As the bunch grew, I said something about not wanting to take too many, but she replied that it was fine. Besides, they would only last a few more weeks, so my daughter was welcome to take as many as she liked.
Now the flowers are gone, but I have these photos - a reminder that the kindness of strangers still exists, sometimes you just have to go ahead and ask.