Thursday, October 23, 2014

Morning Glories

It's amazing how certain memories of our childhood are extremely vivid, while others are like smoke in the wind. A few of those memories just seem to pop up out of the blue from time to time.

A few years back, I was looking for something new in the garden center to plant in the yard, I came across a package of Morning Glory seeds. Immediately my mind raced back through time, to the backyard of our house where my Mom had a Morning Glory vine growing up the cloths line pole. I had to be around five or six and if you ask most young people today, they don't know what an outside clothes line is.

The flowering vine must have really made an impression on me as I remember it clearly today. I've tried several times to grow the vine in Tennessee and it either barely grew, or grew with only a flower or two. This year was the first time that it continued to bloom. Ever morning I look out the bathroom window to see how many flowers have bloomed today.

This simple flower brought floods of warmth  to my soul, as I remember those warm sunny mornings of my childhood. Those were the days where we would go outside and play. We knew all the kids in the neighborhood and we spent all day running, laughing and carefree. We spent a lot of time in the backyard as some of our best friends lived across the alley and it was like our backyards were connected. Every morning as I headed out the back door, I would see the beautiful blue blooms on the Morning Glory vine.

I was blessed to have a wonderful childhood and have so many memories of great times, birthday parties, playing in the park and those wonderful family vacations and I'm grateful for a simple blue flower that has brought back so many great memories of my youth.

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