Friday, April 11, 2008

A Gift

Do I work for the nicest people in the world or what? Barbara left the store early Thursday, and I figured she was going to Target. (Not that she spends an excessive amount of money there or anything, but last year when she went on vacation, the Target on Lawndale Drive laid off a third of its employees...)

Anyway, when I got home from work, look what was sitting on my front steps:

It's a Gypsophila 'Snowflake' (Baby's Breath), a sun-loving perennial with white flowers to plant in memory of Andy. Thanks, Barbara--you're the best!

Funny thing--we've got fifty million irises in our garden, but only the white ones are blooming now. Around our neighborhood, red and pink azaleas are popping out everywhere, but at our house, only one is in bloom. The white one.

Earlier this evening, as night was falling, Teresa and I were sitting on the front steps, talking about Andy. Of course, we both kept thinking we heard the jangling of his collar, but we knew it was only our imaginations. Then the motion-sensor light at the driveway flipped on. I got up and walked over to see what might have set it off, but nothing was moving, and there was no wind. We laughed and said maybe it was a big white kitty. Our neighbor walked by with her dog on a leash. The dog stopped in front of our driveway and started barking at nothing that we could see.

I'm sure it was just a rabbit.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh David, I am sure this isn't the last time Andy will visit you. Relax and enjoy his visits. He will keep an eye on you and Teresa for sure.

Joel said...

ny idea where I could get "pink perfection" camellia? Love the pics.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

It's difficult when you want so badly to hear a sound that you almost think you heard it. For me it was the click of doggy nails on the wood floor. There's a great kids' book that you might want to take a look at, "Cat Heaven" by Cythnia Rylant. I still get teary every time I read "Dog Heaven" to my kids.

David in Greensboro, NC said...

I always get the feeling he's watching me when I'm out in the yard, Lisa.

Mr M's Daughter, our vet gave us Cat Heaven the day we took Andy in to help him die. It is a wonderful book. I love the fact that God is a different color in the pictures...and that he's a gardener!