Celebrating Mother’s Day with Weeping

A Weeping Willow tree that is… We celebrated Mother’s day a little differently this year. There is a background story to this. I will try to summarize it for you here.

There was a long standing arrangement between my mother and stepfather that allowed her to collect 20% of his golf “winnings” from his friendly wagering at the country club where they are members. My mother would keep this “stash of cash”, which was large indeed, because he is a very good golfer and probably a better grifter, until we were able to see them again. She and I would take this cash and hit as many resale and goodwill shops as possible in whatever area of the country we were in and would enhance our wardrobes tremendously.

When we were in town for mother’s memorial service, my stepfather gave me her “stash of cash” because he thought she would have wanted me to have it. I was at a loss as to what to do with it. I wanted to do something special. I did not want to go resale shopping with this cash by myself. So, I just tucked it away and knew that the right thing to do would present itself eventually.

Yesterday, we took a trip out to one of the larger plant nurseries in the area and found a Weeping Willow tree that is about 6ft tall. It was just sitting there among the other, much taller, trees and was calling my name. I had gone there looking for just such a tree and it was the only one they had. It was perfect! We also went to Lowe’s and purchased about 8 Crepe Myrtles that we planted in a line down our 1/4 mile long driveway. Mother was a prolific gardner and I think she would have been very happy to have her “stash of cash” spent this way. Now, every time we look at these trees we will remember her and enjoy them for years to come.

I hope your Mother’s Day was just as wonderful!

Me and Mom's Willow Tree Already pruning... The elusive Mr. K

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