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Pretty Perfect Parade of Pansies | And I Win

Dear Kid,

Two kids, one blog.

I win. (Grin.)

Seems both you and Pi completely believed yesterday’s April Fool’s letter (although you seem to have gotten over it with a wry smile while Pi is not quite so forgiving). It’s been a while since I got you both.

This may be the only appropriate use of the hashtag #SorryNotSorry.

National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day

Meanwhile, today is (officially) National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. I don’t know why. Some of these holidays perplex me more than others. I thought pretty much every day was PB&J Day (at least for some people). Others of us focus on Eating Peanut Butter Straight Out Of The Jar Day (you know who you are).

It is also (unofficially) Planting Pansies Day. I love pansies. I don’t know why, exactly, but I do. I love their beautiful lush, velvety-ness.

And their happiness. Like sunflowers (today is probably also going to be Sunflower Seed Planting Day). Both sunflowers and pansies (and tulips and daffodils and many other flowers) are cheerful. They smile happily. They are a cheerful guard and colorful welcoming committee. They are hearty and undemanding in the upkeep department (which makes them well suited to my particular brand of gardening—insert into dirt and ignore).

It is also (unofficially) Planting Pansies Day. I love pansies. I don’t know why, exactly, but I do. I love their beautiful lush, velvety-ness. They are happy flowers.

Symbolically (according to MFtI), pansies represent loving thoughts and free thinking. Maybe pansies are flowers that encourage us to stop and think for a moment. To reflect on life. Maybe I like them because they are so often purple.

The pansy flower was the symbol adopted by the Free Thinkers Society, a group of people who decided to adopt a mode of thought that was free from societal constraints, expectations, emotions, or religious dogma. They adopted the pansy as its symbol because the word pansy is from the verb pensee in French meaning “to think” which itself is from the Latin pensare “to consider”.

The plan is that the sun will come out and warm up the ground and then the Puppy and I will plant flowers this afternoon after which we will eat peanut butter.

I think that sounds like a pretty perfect way to spend part of a Sunday.

Love, Mom

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You Are Not Going to Believe How Bad This Idea Is

Dear Kid,

Speaking of colossally bad ideas, my friend Sue pointed out our next contender in the Are You Kidding Me? category.

Naked Gardening Day.

It’s a thing. It’s a thing on the first Saturday of May.

It is not a thing we will be doing at our house.

Put some clothes on! You'll embarrass the petunias! DearKidLoveMom.comAccording to the Huffington Post, it is a great day to plant your seed(s). Don’t worry–it gets worse.

I am so appalled at the concept, I don’t even know where to start: Sunburn? Mosquitoes? Mulch and grass in places mulch and grass shouldn’t go? A poorly aimed weedwacker? Embarrassed petunias? People showing too much winter paleness?

The possibilities are horrifying and horrifyingly endless.

Although just because you are unclothed does not mean you are a hoe.

I talked to the Puppy about Naked Gardening Day.

Puppy: Fur.
Me: Fur?
Puppy: Fur. You need fur.
Me: It’s summer. Why do I need fur?
Puppy: Sunburn. Mosquitoes. Mulch and grass. Embarrassed petunias. Skin that’s blindingly pale. Fur solves the problems.
Me: Fur.
Puppy: Yep, fur.
Me: And the weedwacker?
Puppy: Run. In your fur.

The first people to participate in Naked Gardening Day were Adam and Eve. Even the snake was unclad according to most accounts of the story. They enjoyed N G Day right up to the point where they discovered the joy of custom fit fig leaves.

Not sure what you’re going to be doing next Saturday. But I know what I will not be doing.

Love, Mom


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Here’s What I Know About Spring

Dear Kid,

The crocuses are chirping Happy Spring! DearKidLoveMom.comSpring has arrived in Cincinnati. I know this because

  1. It’s warm enough outside to go for a walk without a jacket
  2. Stores are showing Spring clothes
  3. The crocuses are out!

I love crocuses. Partly because I really like those little guys, but mostly because they chirp “Spring is here!

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”  ~Robin Williams

Can flowers chirp? I don’t know why not. Writers talking about flowers screaming in bright summer colors, or whispering their final secrets in the fall. I’m good with chirping crocuses.

Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pretty soon, not only will we have warm sun and happy crocuses, we’ll have buds on trees, and dinner on the porch, and our lawn will turn from the dead-brown of winter into something lush and green.

And by “something” I mean “weed-filled.”

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ~Claude Monet

I know that spring also means allergies and rain and mud and eventually August heat, but right now it’s easy to forget about all that.

And to just smile back at the crocuses.

Love, Mom

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