My Friendship Shamrock

First I want to thank Cindy for hosting the 'Show and Tell' at http://romantichome.blogspot.com/2009/11/show-tell-friday.html
This week I am featuring

My Friendship Shamrock

    A few years ago a friend insisted on stopping by for a visit on her and her husband’s way to Nevada for their winter stay-over. They had to come way out of their way. I was wondering why they where coming and I was soon to find out.

    As she walked up my front pathway from the gate I could see she had something behind her back which she soon revealed. Around came her hand holding a potted shamrock.

     “Do you remember this Lynda?” she asked.
“You gave this to me 31 years ago.”

I was shocked warmed, then tickled ...

    Yes ...she was correct, I had given her a section of my shamrock that I had in my living room, back then. I broke off a section, potted it and gave it to her as a friendship plant. And, through all the years she had kept it alive and took it when ever they moved.

    Now, she and her husband Bruce travel to Nevada every year, and the previous year they had tried to take it across the border where upon the border guard would not let the shamrock cross, so to keep it safe she asked if she may go and have someone take care of it, until they returned. She somehow found someone. If memory serves me correctly, kind strangers (I think); they just stopping at a house along the roadside and after telling them the history of the plant asked if they could leave it in their care until they returned in the spring.

    Spring arrived, Kathy and Bruce crossed the border back into Canada, returned to the kind peoples home, and retrieved the shamrock on their way back to Alberta..

    Well … that fall she wanted to make sure of shamrock’s care so she brought it back to me. Over the years, she told me, it had had many many babies given away to friends and relatives, but she assured me that the main plant that I had given her was somewhere in the middle still, it had remained, just like our friendship had through all the years …

    So, to this very day, now, my table is graced with a beautiful display our wonderful friendship, sweet little white flowers with broad emerald three petal leaves that open every day and close up at night.

    Things are not really possession, but instead, (the way I see it as) we are stewards of them, and among all the things I have stewardship over, this is one of my fondest …
Thank you Kathy and Bruce for being my friends,
I love you.

7 comments:

Marianne@Songbird said...

What a truly wonderful story! Friendship is one of lifes treasures and one needs to take good care of it. You and your friend obviously do!

Chari said...

Hi Lynda...

My friend, what an endearing story and tribute to your dear friend! I can only imagine how "touched" you were when you seen your dear friend coming up your sidewalk...revealing that precious "friendship shamrock"! You are absolutely right...the things that we have are NOT possessions really...they have only been loaned to us to take care of and nurture! Your precious shamrock plant is testament of that!!! Thank you for sharing this sweet story...it makes me think of all the dear sweet friendships that I've made...what a blessing!

Well my friend, I just noticed that you have added Happy To Design to your list of blogs to follow and I wanted to come by to say thank you...and to meet you! I see that you are new to blogging so I extend a warm and hearty welcome to you!!! Sending you wishes for a fabulous journey about to unfold...and much blogging bliss!!! I am also adding your blog to my list and look forward to your upcoming posts...and getting to know you!

So very nice to meet you, Lynda!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Juniper Hill Antiques said...

What a delightful story! How wonderful that this gift has meant so much to your fiend over the years. One happy, well cared for plant indeed! A mark of true friendship, that is hard to find!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! It means so much to have great visitors!
Linda

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

That was a fabulous story! And a great friendship. I would never be able to keep a plant alive for 31 years. Even friendships are hard to keep that long. You are lucky on both accounts.

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

What a sweet post! There is nothing more enduring than a good friendship. Thank you for visiting my blog...and I'm glad to have found you and your blog in return. Welcome to blogging! I'm looking forward to reading more of your interesting and creative posts in the future. ; )
~Michele

Diane said...

I just LOVE, LOVE your blog! Your pics are so good. I cannot for the life of me take good pics.

Diane

The Passionate Home said...

Dear Lynda,
Thank you for visiting my BLOG! I enjoyed your story about the shamrock. My sister-in-law had a shamrock plant and I always think of her when I see one. She is no longer married to my brother-in-law and she lives far away but she will always be a part of my family. Thank you for sharing your story. Carrie

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