Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Lilac blossoms

Hi, everyone. The center is still closed and will remain closed until further notice.

My riddle this week is: What do you call a grandpa flower?

The Jackson County Commission on Aging is still serving meals three days a week. Meals will be available at the senior centers and delivered for Meals on Wheels Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Frozen meals will be given out on Thursday for Friday and Monday.

I hope everyone is doing okay. We’re doing fine. Last Tuesday Charley stopped down at the center and checked on the planter again. No more aphids on the rose bush!

I was riding my bike one day last week and I smelled the most wonderful fragrance as I was peddling past my yard. It was my lilac bush. I wish you could scratch and sniff my picture of our white lilac. The scent is heavenly. I’m so glad they are in bloom now instead of the pear trees in our neighborhood. It’s unbelievable how something as pretty as pear tree blooms can smell so bad, but they do.

Everything in our yard is in bloom, and I guess I’ll know by the time you read this if they survived the freezing weather we had last week. Our blueberry bushes are full of blooms and our pear tree is full of tiny pears. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that they survive the fickle weather we have here in the spring. Update — Wednesday morning there were snow squalls outside when I emailed my column to the newspaper.

What kind of flowers and plants do you have in your yard? I’m nostalgic and one way you can bring back the memory of your parents and grandparents is to plant the flowers and trees that they grew. Some of my best memories are of the lilac bush and snowball bushes in my grandma’s yard. Every year on her birthday, grandma’s children and grandchildren gathered at her house for a picnic. We always took group pictures in front of her snowball bushes. So some of the first flowers I planted when I got married was a snowball bush and a couple of lilac bushes. They bring back such sweet memories.

My mother always planted marigolds and I try to plant them each year. Some people don’t like the smell of them, but their scent brings back memories of my childhood — and the deer don’t like them, which is a plus. We have lots of deer where we live.

I also have peonies, naked ladies and devil’s tongue cactus from my mother-in-law’s yard that come up every year.

April is National Poetry Month and Thursday, April 29, is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. I love writing poetry. A lot of the picture books that I have written are rhyming and I also like writing poems about my ancestors. It is a good way to share information about them to your children and grandchildren. The goal of National Poem in Your Pocket Day is to share a poem. You can write or copy a poem on a piece of paper and put it in your pocket. When you see someone, you can share it with them. Poems come in many types and sizes. They can be long or short, rhyming or non-rhyming. When you share a poem, you bring joy to others.

I leave you with the following verses:

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Answer to riddle: A Poppy!