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Red Geraniums

She used second-hand water.
Water which had first been used to scrub vegetables, or rinse the dishes.
And poured it over her red geraniums with loving hands
Waste not, want not....that was her motto.

In offering such hand-me-downs to her flowers, ....they cared not.  ....
For her own apron was a hand-me-down...made from a worn out shirt.   ...
In her small way it simply told 
  how she had learned to cherish what matters most.
         That even the smallest things, have value.

Her flowers seemed to know her gentle way, her tender touch...
You half expected that when she turned away,
  the flowers would leave their place to follow her,
  the way the kittens followed from the barn when she came up from milking the cows.
           
There may be other languages of love,
But those stubborn red geraniums would not die...
       they simply bloomed brighter and brighter,
                as if they understood whose tender hands were there for them.




Written for my Grandma....who loved her garden...

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010




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Date: 1/6/2012 11:46:00 AM
Very nice tribute to your Grandma.Congrats on your HM.
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Date: 1/6/2012 9:57:00 AM
What a wonderful memory and tribute to your grandmother. Really enjoyed reading this as it brought memories to bare here also. Congratulatiions on your win in the contest by Brian.
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Date: 1/6/2012 9:48:00 AM
Congratulations Carrie on your outstanding write. Have a great day. Jon
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Date: 1/6/2012 7:32:00 AM
Congratulations on your win in Brian Strand's "Any Top Twenty" contest Carrie. Love, Carol
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Date: 5/21/2010 4:05:00 AM
Congratulations on your win in Brian's contest"Thicker Than Water" Carrie. Love,Carol
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Date: 5/20/2010 7:46:00 PM
Congratulations Carrie. She sounds the prefect grandma, just what every little girl needs...cheers Margaret
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Date: 5/20/2010 8:47:00 AM
What sturdy stock your grandma was and this is a lovely story. My grandma raised red geraniums in tomato cans on her widow sill. Loved it and congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce
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Date: 5/20/2010 7:48:00 AM
Congrats on your success in my contest Carrie.Rgds Brian.My latest contest TANKA ME is now open.
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Date: 5/20/2010 7:44:00 AM
Congrats Carrie on your winning poem in Brian's contest with this wonderful write... and amazing story... enjoy another victory ..luv.. Linda-Marie..
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Date: 5/20/2010 7:43:00 AM
Beautiful! As always, your talent shines through and is recognized by the contest sponsor. Thanks for sharing.
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Date: 5/7/2010 8:22:00 AM
AWESOME and a fav!!
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Date: 5/6/2010 5:45:00 PM
All the best in the contest
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Date: 5/6/2010 5:21:00 PM
very touching!
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Date: 5/6/2010 2:30:00 PM
Great write that should do well in the contest..Good luck..What a great mom to care so much and be so thrifty..Keep the creative pen flowing..Sara
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