Here's one I took in L.A., on my way to work one morning (I had to put my mascara down to get my camera out).
I have another little story to tell, and I hope my friend Jana doesn't mind me using her name. When I was preparing the talk I gave on Mother's Day, I asked her for any ideas because she is artistic, well-read, insightful, in tune, incredible, and many other words that begin with "in-" (not including "inept"). While I didn't use anything she sent me for the actual talk (sorry!) she told me of a poem she wrote some years ago about her children growing up with the children of one of her best friends, Jeanne. In this poem, Jeanne's Garden, she likened all the children to different trees except for her daughter and the only daughter of Jeanne's. They were both Jacarandas - so fitting! Here's an excerpt:
Then smiling, together
Jeanne and I
Each planted Jacarandas.
Lovely flowering trees.
They like to dress in purple
And gracefully toss their blossoms
Throughout both our gardens.
So much in common,
Growing up so close.
They are almost identical, even to me.
And they are natural nurturers.
I smiled when I read that because if there's anything that describes those two girls, it's a gaggle of giggles. Now I think of them every time I see one of those trees. I wonder what kind of tree I'd be. Jana? Any ideas? Something with a fat trunk and large...fruits?
So, Happy May and June! Enjoy the purple while you can, because soon it will look like this:
And who wants to clean up all that crap?