I’ve recently returned from my trip east to visit family and help mom get her yard in shape. I love tending the gardens for her as a way to ground myself, find beauty, and restore her gardens for mom and others to enjoy. I inherited my love of flowers, gardens, and nature from mom and am so grateful that I can continue to tend her gardens. I know they bring her much joy and satisfaction.
The overall visit was a good one filled with a nice mix of work, visiting, cooking, and getting mom out of the house. She thanked me profusely while I explained that I benefit too by feeling useful and grounding myself in nature’s beauty.
Her health has been on a slow slide for years now, but somehow she manages to keep pushing through the pain, lack of sleep, and various challenges to remain in her home. Thankfully, my brother has moved closer and has stepped up to be more available and helpful. Maybe mom will get her wish to stay in her home. Or maybe I’ll take the plunge and move back to the DC area, finding a creative way to live and survive the booming real estate market.
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy these photos of her yard.
May beauty touch your soul.