Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A Lily for Taddie's Birthday

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We were rushing to leave the City for an appointment with a real estate agent. In our preoccupation with our changing lives, neither of us remembered the significance of the day's date.

Tall Husband was the first to see it: one perfect, tall white lily in the garden outside our door. As you know, this plant has a history of yielding one flower a year, and only on the anniversary of the death of Tall Husband's mother, Taddie.

"It's her birthday," I said. Tall Husband quietly helped me select a vase for the lily and as I put the flower in a vase, we thanked Taddie for the reminder and wished her happy birthday. We went about our day with the feeling she was there with us.

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