All Flowers

One Mother’s Day about 23 years ago, when all these little dudes looked like this—my sister and I had a brilliant idea. We lined most of our kids up by the hearth at mom’s house and had them sing. Oh, my did they sing! To my memory, they sang every Mother’s Day song ever written but ended with mom’s favorite–“I Often Go Walking.”

“I often go walking in meadows of clover,
And I gather armfuls of blossoms of blue.
I gather the blossoms the whole meadow over,
Dear Mother, all flowers remind me of you.

Oh Mother, I give you my love with each flower
To give forth sweet fragrance a whole lifetime through
For if I love blossoms and meadows and walking,
I learn how to love them, dear Mother, from you.”
–Phyllis Luch

At the end, all these little sweethearts handed her a tiny flower. It was beautiful and the best part about it was that…she cried. That always meant it was the perfect Mother’s Day gift.






6 Replies to “All Flowers”

  1. I am pretty sure I know which kids those are. They are so cute! My girls get too shy about doing things like that. Hopefully they grow out of it.

  2. This post makes me cry. I remember grandma crying, and this song makes me cry whenever I hear it. I just love her so much! Mothers are just so dang cool, and we were all so lucky to have grown up with such great ones. Thanks Aunt Launi, and hope you have a good Mothers day! I love you!

  3. Ohhh… Grandma was always the best person to have in any audience! 😀 I miss her, but I’m glad I have some great memories, like this one, of the silly songs, plays and performances we would all do, just to make her smile!

  4. Oh, you know them all right! My mom used to put the tables down after Thanksgiving dinner and let the kids perform on top of them–like a little hard, flat stage. It made them brave, I think.

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