For many, January is a month of new beginnings. A time for making resolutions and implementing changes. For me, January is a sad month, because two years ago in January, my father passed away after a brief battle with cancer.
|‘Tom Cat’ Peony|
Peonies have always been special to my family. My father’s father was a passionate gardener. He loved peonies for the fragrant, cut flowers they produced, and planted many of them on his farm in Grand Rapids, Michigan. These beloved peonies were divided many times and shared with family members. Descendants of the originals call my garden home. I planted my ‘Tom Cat’ peony in a place of honor, separate from the others. My ‘Tom Cat’ thrives on the sunny side of my house along the walkway to my front door. A place where my dad would like to have been, warmly greeting guests as they arrived for a visit.
|‘Remember Me’ Hosta|
What a wonderful tribute to your father. The 'Tom Cat' peony is a beautiful remembrance of the joy and love he gave you.
Gone but not forgotten,
although you are apart,
his spirit lives within you,
forever in your heart.
Thanks Kathy. I appreciate your kind words and love the poem – so true!