Tulips, Daffodils and Tigers

Tulips, Daffodils and Tigers via cottagemagpie.com

Tulips, Daffodils and Tigers via cottagemagpie.com

Last year when the tulips bloomed, Baby Girl picked them all for me. All at once, happy as can be, she picked them and gave them to me and I decided to be thankful for them. We had a chat, though, about how next year, when the tulips came back, we would pick some of the tulips. Some.

So, a few days ago, after being outside for a few minutes, Baby Girl came storming back into the house, jumping up and down and screaming, “Mommy!!!!! The tulips are blooming, the tulips are blooming!!! I can pick some of them for you! Just some.”

I said, well, let me at least take a picture first while the flowers are still in the garden. I had a sneaking suspicion that there might not be any left when she was done.

Tulips, Daffodils and Tigers via cottagemagpie.com

When I was done, she picked the flowers while I went inside, and then she brought them to me, hidden behind her back, for a surprise. We put them in water and admired them here and there in the house, appreciating how pretty they are together.

Of course, I’m sure you’ve already figured out, she picked them all. I’m okay with that. It’s becoming a family tradition. I think I may plant more this fall, just to give her more fun next Spring.

Tulips, Daffodils and Tigers via cottagemagpie.com

Tulips, Daffodils and Tigers via cottagemagpie.com

Meanwhile, I mentioned to the children that I would be telling this story today, the story of Baby Girl and the tulips, and Baby Girl told me, “Mommy. You can’t call me that anymore. I’m not a baby any more.”

She is so right, my little 4 1/2 year old girl.

We decided to choose a new name for her, and she chose Daffodil.

My son, who was formerly called Rocket Boy, said that he wanted a new name too, being 10 1/2 and having definitely outgrown his previous moniker. For himself he chose Tiger.

So, dear readers, from now on, Daffodil and Tiger will be the ones accompanying Mr. Magpie and I on our little journey together.

Tulips, Daffodils and Tigers via cottagemagpie.com

I am going to be 45 next week, and that puts me out of sync with many people my age whose children are already grown. But I believe everything works out for the best, and I am sure I am a better mother now than I would have been 20 years ago. I certainly appreciate them more for having waited so long to have them.

Also, I think there’s something about celebrating the life of a lost loved one that really puts things into perspective. When we celebrated my Dad’s life last fall, my brother and I made a video tribute that showed photos spanning his nearly 72 years, and the thing that really startled me was how little of that life had children in it! I mean, of course, we are there throughout, but the part with kids living at home? Such a tiny little part of life. A blip! It doesn’t feel that way when you are in the middle of it, and I certainly haven’t felt that way in the middle of it, but then here was a giant, technicolor reminder of how small a slice of life this is, life with these amazing creatures that live here with me. It made me abundantly thankful for my little family.

Do you have children? Are they all grown up?

~Angela :-)

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  1. Love these pictures! My first thought was how they would make beautiful and colorful artwork. The colors are so vibrant! The kids names are too cute. 🙂

    • Thank you, Julie! Yes, artwork! I think that’s a great idea. I might play with that for fun. Thanks for visiting! ~Angela~

  2. Thirkellgirl says:

    I do, and they’re almost 24 and 21. We were just at a dinner the other night and the young woman across the table from me was so excited to be out of the house without her kids, talking to grownups. She asked about my kids and I told her they were grown but that I remember vividly those days of all-kids-all-the-time. When you’re going through it it seems like it’s forever, but once they hit about fifteen it seems like you blinked and they’re all grown up. Good times. 🙂

    • I’m sure that’s how it will be! I will blink and it’ll all be over and I’ll wonder where the time has gone. I’m trying to make sure I enjoy it now while I can. 🙂 ~Angela~

  3. Andrea in Iowa says:

    I understand you have to have ads on your blog, and I get that you probably have little control over their content…but the ad on today’s entry is just downright disturbing. Is everyone else seeing what at first glance would seem to be a body part?

    • Oh Andrea, I’m so sorry you’re seeing a disturbing ad!!! You are correct that I have very little control. Actually, other than requesting a block from Google (which is only on some ads), I have no control at all!! The good news is that the ads are served up new every time you go to a page, so if you refresh that ad should disappear. But meanwhile, I went on the site and I did get lucky (unlucky?) enough to see an ad that I think might be the one you were referring to — something about a diet pill and a giant pink…. thing? It did look really awful. I put a request in to Google to block that particular ad, we’ll see if it works!! But meanwhile, like I said, just hit refresh and it should give you something different, and again, I am so sorry!!!! Thank you for visiting! ~Angela~

      • Andrea in Iowa says:

        LOL — I think we are seeing the same one! It’s just completely unfair that you don’t get to have a say in what ads are on your own blog. I feel righteous indignation on your behalf! Whatever that giant pink “thing” is, I’d like to make an appt with Dr. Freud for the person that chose the picture…..

        • Andrea in Iowa says:

          p.s You motivated me to stop at the market and get fresh flowers on the way home…..spring needs to get here !!!

          • Yay, Spring!!! Everyone needs fresh flowers on their table, just ask my daughter! Hahaha! ~Angela~

        • Awww, that’s so sweet!! Yes, it’s pretty scary. I think it’s some root or something, I have no idea. Hopefully the block will work. Yuck! But, you shouldn’t feel sorry for me, I allow the ad networks to place ads on my blog so that they will go out and sell the ad space and I don’t have to do it. So it’s a win-win! Most of the time, anyway! 🙂 ~Angela~

  4. Love this post. My children are grown and yes it is just a “blip” of time when they are at home. Jealous that I don’t have tulips and daffodils yet.

    • Yes, a blip! I’m trying to enjoy it while it lasts. We do have the tulips and daffodils. Now if only we could have sunshine, too, I’d be set! 🙂 ~Angela~

  5. Angela … these colors are shouting springtime to me … and here in the NorthEast, the pictures are all we’ve got! Thanks for sharing such beauty with us … I’m hopeful we’ll be getting some blooms sooner or later!

    I hope your weekend is delightful …

    • Thank you, Linda! Yes, we’ve got full-blown Spring here now. It was 75 the other day! Not every day, but the sun is shining and things are blooming, it’s lovely. Happy Spring to you, too! ~Angela~

  6. Oh, I just love daff and tulip time – and your arrangement is so happy! Your children choosing their new ‘names’ put a smile on my face – only in blogland, ha! Thanks for sharing!

    • Isn’t that the truth? I already love shocking them when I tell them that when I was a kid, there were no blogs. No Internet. No laptops or smart phones or iPads pr DVDs or even CDs. Barely even color TV!! They can’t really get their heads around it. 🙂 ~Angela~

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