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.

19 comments:

  1. WOW, they are beautiful, what a lucky girl...perhaps the lady is generally shy & doesn't know how to talk to people, a little person makes it all so much easier!!!
    Have a fabulous weekend Paula!!

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  2. So sweet! What a lovely post. It's nice to have neighbours that share and your photos - what a cutie!
    Hope you are having a happy October!
    xo Catherine

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  3. Wow! I wish I could grow flowers as pretty as those... Your little girl looks really happy... :)

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  4. Oh Paula, how utterly charming. And Miss Lily is such a cute and worthy recipient of her largesse! J x

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  5. what a lovely story
    and gorgeous shots of your Lily!!

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  6. what a lovely neighbour and I love these pictures, truly gorgeous

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  7. this is such a beautiful story! and an equally beautiful bouquet, they suit Lily perfectly.

    xo

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  8. What a beautiful post Paula and what a generous lady giving your darling girl that spring posy. Good on little Lily for being brave and asking for them too! xx

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  9. I wouldn't be surprised if Lily made the lady's day. :)

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  10. What a beautiful posie of flowers. Lovely story, your daughter is gorgeous, and probably made the little old ladys day!

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  11. What a beautiful moment that you captured. It's true, the kindness of strangers can make us remember all the good that there is. Here here to that...
    xo

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  12. this is a touching story, and I love the photos of Lily and her flowers. I'm happy that Lily had the courage to ask the lady - they each received a gift as a result. happy weekend to you Paula.

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  13. Such a sweet story. Put a smile on my face! And your daughter is positively adorable (:

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  14. Sometimes it takes a child's uninhibited nature to experience life's little kindnesses. Such a lovely bunch of flowers and sweet girl!

    xo
    cortnie

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  15. I loved this post and was visualising Lily on her scooter and the lady in the garden it more than likely made her day and Lily's!
    Carla xx Lily is precious and that bunch of flowers beautiful

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  16. Oh what a sweet post and how beautiful.

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  17. Such wonderful photos and the sweetest of tales to go with it. Love the generosity :)

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  18. Whast a lovely blog! The photos and the story are just perfect.

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  19. A beautiful snippet of your life Paula and a gentle reminder to us all about reaching out with kindness xx

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