Picnicking and Wilting Amongst the Blooming Lilacs

0001aToday was the first sunny weekday of our summer break, so we dashed off for a picnic lunch at the Arboretum because the lilacs are in bloom.


And anyone who has ever loved a lilac knows (1) the scent of the blooming lilac is the loveliest scent of all, and (2) lilacs don’t bloom very long!



The weather was sticky and hot — in the 80s — and most of the lilac blooms were just a smidge past their prime. But surely our noses never knew the difference.


If only my camera could capture the aroma. Don’t you wish someone would invent digital scents or scratch-and-sniff computer screens?


Did I mention it was hot and sunny? My youngest daughter nearly wilted. She and her sister found a favorite spot under the taller lilacs, but she made it clear that she was still wilting.


So, like any good gardener, I found some water for my little bloom and she perked right up!



For the record, no shoes were lost in the making of this blog post.

One thought on “Picnicking and Wilting Amongst the Blooming Lilacs

  1. When I saw that picture of your daughters acting like best friends I knew I had to tell you that is how my daughters act today – they are in their late 30’s and it makes me so happy they are best friends.

    I have started to write books for young girls and their mothers to share. They are about friendship. My latest is a novel, Four Season Friends. It begins with moving day and all the stress and anxiety of seven people relocating to a new home in a new city. Each of them quickly becomes friends with the family of eight next door and the fun begins.

    There are vacations, a first job away from home, a visit to grandparents on the ranch in Montana and even a wedding reception in a Montana barn in the middle of winter! (I know – not the most realistic theme, but I loved the idea so much I had to put it in the book!) There are problems throughout the book with good solutions. You will come to love the Castors and the Maxums, possibly even wishing you could live next door to them.

    The book is appropriate for all ages and teens and adults like them too.

    The link to all of my eBooks

    Mary Ellen

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