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Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Fragrance Of Love Exchanged II



This is a repost of a popular offering from last spring. It feels like a good thing to share again for Mother's Day.


joy in a most delicate form
a single fuchsia blossom
plucked from a crabapple tree
by the generous slender fingers
of a fourteen year old girl
on her way home from school

because it was beautiful
because she is kind

the dog barks
excited for the return of her friend
footfalls  are heard on the stairs
then a soft knock on the frame
around the open bedroom door
she enters and sits on the rocker

for a moment
for a breath

turns her head to the right displaying her treasure
centers her face again
eyes alight and smiling
reaching up she eases the small gift from behind her ear
where she’d tucked it with care
so as not to crush it in warm hands

because it is fragile
because she is compassionate

graceful movements
the slightest vibration of pleasure
gently oh so gently
she places it in her mother’s palm
both inhaling the fragrance
of love exchanged




THIS SAME CHILD WEARS HER HEART ON HER KNEE

LOVE AND BRUISES OFTEN VISIBLE

FOR SHE IS NOT AFRAID 

TO BE VULNERABLE

TO TRY EVEN IF

SHE RISKS A

FALL


I am deeply blessed with two caring and compassionate daughters, both offer handpicked flowers with love. The day of her prom, my eldest brought in a gently held fist-full of violets, lupines and azaleas. I have photos, but can't access them yet. Still waiting for the my external drive to be fixed. Trust me, they were beautiful as was she on her prom evening...and every evening.  A mother could not be gifted with two more beautiful and kind daughters than mine.

Happy Mother's Day to all of us Moms...whether our children were born from us, brought home to love by some other means, are children we connect with, teach and mother in other contexts, are smooth skinned or furry. Truly, we are blessed.

I am away this weekend and will be back home this evening...spending time with two of my favorite Moms, my "big" sister and sister-in-law.

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29 comments:

  1. so beautifully written, laura. happy mother's day to you.

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  2. Happy Mother's Day to you, Laura! Have fun today!

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  3. Oh such a beautiful post, Laura. It is no surprise that your daughters appreciate beauty and are compassionate - they take after their Mom. Hope you had a lovely weekend, my friend.

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  4. This is so beautiful...both the pictures and words.

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  5. So sweet n beautiful at the same time!

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  6. the fragrance of love exchanged - I love that, and such a beautiful poem...

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  7. Such sweet words from a mom's heart!

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  8. And all it takes is one flower - no bunch needed! :)

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  9. a gorgeous, heartwarming posting! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

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  10. I hope that you had a glorious mother's day!

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  11. What a treasure... Thank you Laura for sharing at Your Sunday Best this week.

    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. :)

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  12. Beautiful.
    I have returned
    So busy for weeks
    Family visiting, cooking and special appointments.
    I know you will be glad to be home.
    Thinking of you....

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  13. What a blessing indeed ~ Wishing you Happy Mother's Day ~

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  14. This is lovely, indeed. Your poem reminds me of all the flowers I picked for my mother and of all those picked for me.

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  15. This is so beautiful. What a blessed post. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  16. Glad you re-posted, never got to see it the first time around. Sensational and soft.

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  17. This is truly touching. I used to do the same for my mother and now my five year old brings me fist fulls of the fines dandelions!!! This post and all of yours are so full of love. Thank you, Laura!

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  18. What a sweet post. I love the simplicity of the single blossom.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  19. Nice pictures. I like the simplicity of the image.

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  20. Lovely words, what a great story to share for generations!

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  21. I particularly love this photo - it seems so definitive of the way you offer us your beautiful words.

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  22. Your love for your daughters shines thru. A lovely post and I'm so glad you had a great mothers day! Thanks for visiting!

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  23. both inhaling the fragrance
    of love exchanged

    Sigh. Just lovely.

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