Shawn is back in Raleigh after a whirlwind visit to Naples. It is great to have her home again and we took a day to be together. We attempted a stroll through one of our favorite display gardens but alas, it was closed for a special event. Our second choice was a quick stop at the flea market operating under threat of rain. Not much was on display as vendors were spreading tarps to cover their wares. We settled for a stroll through the garden center at Lowes. We needed a few plants for the herb garden and I intentionally left that shopping until Shawn’s return. She loves picking plants and is finding new ways to use our homegrown herbs in her kitchen creations.
Shawn does not rush plant selection. She must hold each one and whisper sweet words to its tiny buds. Only the one answering with the correct response gets Shawn-Kissed. I was dying of boredom as I made my fifth lap through the aisles trying to give Shawn space and time for her all-important decisions. Helpful employees spotting a man wandering aimlessly suspect he is having medical problems or waiting for his wife. Either way, they offer their assistance, some more than once.
At last we had our choices secured in the buggy. We chatted with the checkout lady who also loves plants. I swiped my plastic card and we pointed ourselves toward home. The threat of rain was not going to dampen our soaring spirits as we discussed the new additions.
I was ready for a snack, a nap or even an early lunch. Shawn’s coffee was working. She was floating inches above the ground, ready to dig, or at least point to show me where to dig. She waited patiently while I devoured my snack then suggested the nap should be postponed. The new family members must be tucked safely into the herb garden. The coming rain would gently bathe them with love and settle them into their new surroundings. I dug the holes, chucked in the plants, smoothed the dirt, and returned the shovel to the garage. Mission accomplished.
I whispered to those little plants as I knelt beside them in the dirt, “Grow or it will be the compost bin for you!”