Tulips from Baby Girl

Tulips from Baby Girl via Cottage Magpie

Tulips from Baby Girl via Cottage Magpie

We have been working in the front garden for several days, cleaning things up, making things presentable. Each day, or rather, several times a day, Baby Girl would come to me and say, “Mama? Mama? Here are flowers I picked for you.”

Into my hand, then, she would carefully put a little handful of dandelion tops or raggedy clover.

This evening, then, we took a break and went to the back garden to weed the vegetable beds. As were heading in for dinner, she lingered outside. I didn’t think anything of it.

When she came in the back door a few minutes later, I heard her little voice say, “Mama? Mama! I picked flowers for you.” I smiled, thinking I would be getting another handful of weeds.

But when she came around the corner, instead of dandelions, in her hand were the tops of all the pink tulips.

Tulips from Baby Girl via Cottage Magpie

I had to bite my lip to keep from saying, “Oh, no!!!”

I managed not to. I even managed to smile. How could I not, with her little shining face SO proud of the beautiful flowers she had brought her mama.

So instead I said, “Thank you so much, little one, they are beautiful. Let’s put them in some water and we’ll put them on the table for dinner.”

And she did a little happy dance.

Tulips from Baby Girl via Cottage Magpie

Lest you think I am a paragon of light, love and self-discipline, let me assure you that when this same event happened with her brother when he was her age (what is it about little children and tulips?), I wasn’t nearly so sanguine. I did, in fact, say, “OH, NO!” and tell him not to pick any more. Remind me to give him some extra hugs tomorrow.

But as for tonight, a bit later Mr. Magpie said, “Those are lovely sweetheart, but let’s leave the rest of them to grow outside, okay?”

Baby Girl said, “Yes, so the flowers can come back next year.”

Mr. Magpie said, “Right, but any flowers that are still out there, we’ll leave them to grow outside, right?”

And she said, “Oh Daddy, I got them all!”

Oh, dear.

But she is right, they will grow back next year and we’ll have tulips in the garden again.

Meanwhile, I have a very pretty bunch of pink tulips for our table.

Tulips from Baby Girl via Cottage Magpie

Short-stemmed, of course. It’s all the rage, don’t you know?

Hope the tulips are blooming at your house! 🙂

~Angela :-)

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  1. Thirkellgirl says:

    I look back on the times I got mad about stuff like that when my girls were tiny, and with the oh-so-wise perspective of someone whose kids are practically grown and out the door, I was an idiot. Little girls are such a gift, and they grow up so fast. I’m glad you were patient with her. 🙂

    • Well, my kids are 6 years apart, so I have had a little time to reflect on my choices with my son before having the same types of experiences with my daughter. Unfortunately my poor son didn’t get the benefit of that reflection and really had to deal with Mom getting mad all the time! Poor kid. I try to love him up as much as I can now. Hopefully that will make up for it. They all grow up sooooo fast. Everyone tells you that when you have a new baby, but you just can’t get it until you have one who has gotten older right before your eyes. Even having my son be nearly 10 is blowing my mind!!! ~Angela~

  2. Aw, how sweet! Yeah, we all have things we wish we’d done differently, don’t we? Isn’t that why they say ‘hindsight is 20/20’? But you know, God gives us a chance to fix our mistakes….they are called grandchildren! I know you have a ways to go before thinking about them, but you’re gonna do great when your time comes! I’ve been out of town the past couple of days, visiting my granddaughter and my 2 great-grands! So wonderful. and I’m exhausted! Take care my friend, and enjoy those tulips! dona

    • Thank you, Dona! I really hope I make it to see grandchildren! 🙂 I’m going to be 44 next week and my kids are only 3 and 9, so we’ll see. But here’s hoping! Of course we’ll eat candy and watch videos all day. Hehehehehe. Your trip sounds lovely!! Take care, ~Angela~

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