MAGNOLIA, THE STORY OF A GARDEN
After the war a young couple returned to New York from Charleston with their 2 year-old daughter and bought a house in the Bronx on the GI Bill. (See Parkchester, Celebrate Me Home)
There was a wonderful grape arbor in the garden and the girl’s grandmother made wine with the grapes.
To remind them of Charleston the couple planted two magnolia trees, one on each side of their front door, and every year in early spring they waited for the first magnolias to bloom.
And they planted peony bushes, and purple irises in a flower bed, and tea roses all along the garden fence.
And there was a birdbath in the garden that the squirrels liked too.
Once the girl and her scout troupe had a ceremony in the garden and her father took home movies with his Bell & Howell camera.
A builder added an extension to the house, and with a long carpenter nail the girl’s mother inscribed the year 1950 into the wet cement on the new cornerstone. (See Mr Bucco and the Ginger Cat)
A few years later the girl pushed her new baby sister around the garden in her baby carriage.
And soon the girl’s baby sister pushed the family cat around the garden in her doll carriage.
Over the years a few more pussycats and one brown and white puppy dog played in that garden. (See Fluffy, or How I Got My Dog)
And then one night when the girl was all grown up, she lent her car to a young man who backed it out of the driveway and hit the garden fence. (See Fender Bender)
She married him anyway.
Dana Susan Lehrman
This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!