I Smell Crepe Myrtles

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these (flowers).” Luke 12: 27

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Natchez, Crepe Myrtle

Yesterday I was outside looking at the garden Carl planted — tomatoes, green peppers, watermelons, summer squash, green beans, and lettuce with a couple of flower plants for color around the edges. All of a sudden, I could smell crepe myrtles. Crepe myrtles have a distinct smell — sharp and sweet. I looked around, no crepe myrtles. I have driven around my neighbors homes to see if there were crepe myrtles anywhere. I found none. This may not seem like a big deal to you but to me it is!

When I was a little girl, my mother, sisters and I would go to Massachusetts for a week in the summer. We would stay at my grandmother’s house in the city of Reading. There was a little grassed in yard between my grandmother’s driveway and the neighbor next door. I played and daydreamed a lot there — when my sisters were not pestering me. (Sorry, Sisers, but you both were pests!!!) I loved that spot. Why did I love that spot — crepe myrtles.

Once crepe myrtles are planted, they just grow bigger and bigger until they take over the yard. I don’t know if my grandmother had planted them or someone else had, but they always drew me to that little spot beside the driveway.

As a pastoring family, our family has moved more than the average family. We have lived in states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Texas. These states have little in common except they are part of the United States. Their climates are different; their cultures are different; the kind of plants each state grows are different. But the strangest thing has happened in each home we have lived in — I smell crepe myrtles.

It has never failed. Every where we have lived, at least once and sometimes more than once, I would catch the sweet smell of crepe myrtles, and it immediately takes me back to when I was a kid in my grandmother’s yard. And in my minds eye I can see the little yard between the driveway and the next door neighbor where I would sit or play on a summer’s afternoon. Maybe I will plant some crepe myrtles now that we have settled into our new home!

2015 Reading Challenge 

I just finished reading “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren. Mr. Warren wrote this book in 1946, and it beautifully shows the politics of lazy, hot days of Louisiana. The book tells the story of the fall of Willie Stark who resembles the real-life Huey “Kingfish” Long of Louisiana “an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success.”

The book took a long time to read. It has 661 pages of slow-moving southern atmosphere. Very descriptive, at times it felt like you were in the midst of the heat with the characters as they drove down the dusty, dirt roads to the next town. I really enjoyed this book. It will stay on my collection of “must read again” book shelf. Yes, I read many books more than once!

This book fills the “Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book” category of the 2015 Reading Challenge. “All the King’s Men” was one of Mr. Warren’s three Pulitzer Prize-Winning books. A must read!!!

Week # 13: Read a Book Set in a Different Country: “Come to Africa and Save Your Marriage” by Maria Thoma; “Cousin Bette” by Honore de Balzac; “Death in Venice” by Thomas Mann; “Don Quixote” by Miquel de Cervantes (big in the classics).

Week # 14: Read a Non-fiction Book: “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Trail” by Cheryl Strayed; “Maude” by Donna Mabry; “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boon (I cannot recommend this book enough!! This book is about a Christian family — Corrie’s family — hiding Jews from the Nazis during World War II in Holland. For years I read this book at the beginning of summer. I have no idea why I did that outside the fact that I love this book and the main character Corrie Ten Boon.); “Those Who Save Us” by Jenna Blum. Enjoy a new book this week!

[Side Note: I am not a tech savvy gal — so when I have learned something new I have to share it. I finally found how to add pictures to my blog!!! This is a big accomplishment because the computer has a world of its own. What my grandchildren can learn in a few minutes, it takes me days and sometimes weeks to get it through my head. LOL]

Today do something that challenges you, Linda


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