Tuesday, May 06, 2014
One of my favorite places to play as a little girl was under the pine trees in the side yard-out near my husband John’s boat is now kept. There used to be a picnic table and a sand box there. There were also ten lady slipper plants. My mother told me to never pick the lady slippers because they would not grow back. I remembered her words for a few days, but then I would forget, and pick just one of those beautiful pink flowers for my mommy. As you have probably guessed, there are no more lady slippers left in her yard. Whenever I see a lady slipper in the woods, I think of my childhood. Today there are very few places where lady slippers are found. These delicate orchids are close to extinction. I think a lot about the fact that we need to listen to the instruction of God and of people around us in order to keep beauty around us.
Learning to lovingly raise Sam and Mathew has been a lot like the lady slipper story. I was given the gift of two boys to love, nurture, pray for. Now that they’re grown, I have some beautiful memories and lots of pictures to remind me of those times. Still, just like the lady slippers that I picked, those days will never return.
I believe that God has just given me a second chance to learn the lesson of respecting the beauty of nature. Behind my new home, there are some very rare white lady slippers. Yes Lord, I will not pick them.
photo by Steve Ginghold.