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Lady Slippers

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.
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    We had lady slippers in the pine woods behind our house when I was a child. Since the woods have been pretty much demolished, I wonder if there are any lady slippers left.

    I know I haven't seen any in the woods for many, many years...
    2044 days ago
    What precious thoughts, Jackie!! I remember the lady slippers in the woods when we went walking with our two sons...and admonishing them to not touch them. Wonderful that you have the blooms again at your home! and the memories of your sons' younger years...and the lessons of the Lord daily! Blessings, Nellie
    2044 days ago
    Have never seen them before--lovely!
    2044 days ago
    These are beautiful!
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    What a great story! And what a beautiful plant - I've never seen one!
    2044 days ago
    Man made so many animals no more For gain or fum or destroyed were they live
    2044 days ago
    What a treasured story and memory AND lesson about respect. HUGS

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    2045 days ago
    tears in my eyes and joy in my heart. Thank you.
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    I remember looking for them as a kid...thanks!
    2045 days ago
    emoticon I may have to see f I can find some.
    2045 days ago
    When you said that about playing under the pines in the neighbor's yard, I was suddenly transported back to my own childhood - our neighbor had a stand of 3 huge arbor vitae that made a nice little "cave", and my sisters and I would play there. We also had a weeping willow our front yard, and the long branches would "curtain off" rooms in which we played. It also had some wonderful low branches that even WE could climb.
    God's creation is to be cherished and protected.
    2045 days ago
    Gorgeous! Love the lady slippers....I was told the same thing as a child. and it is a rare pleasure to find some. enjoy!
    2045 days ago
    They are lovely!
    2045 days ago
    Great lesson learned! We were a huge tent-camping family since I was a baby and my parents instilled in me a love/respect for nature that is a big part of who I am today. Thanks for sharing and enjoy looking at those white lady slippers. I'm hoping my Jack-in-the-pulpit come back this year--I don't see them, yet.
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  • PICKIE98
    They are a protected species in our state,, big fine to pick them!! Keep your itchy fingers away from Michigan if you want to hang on to your $$$$! emoticon
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