This is my first try at responding to a Daily Writing Prompt so here goes!
My earliest memory is of the Japanese Lanterns that were growing in our backyard when I was two or three years old. I remember them growing along the white picket fence and being totally fascinated by the papery orange flowers and exploring the texture and balloon-like shape with my small fingers. I can recognize this as one of my first true memories since we have no pictures of these flowers and we never grew them in the gardens at the home we subsequently moved into. I suspect that our landlady, Mrs. Hilda Brungot may have planted them.
I believe the seeds of my life-long love of flowers and gardening were planted at that tender age. My parents also tell the story of me “raiding” the pea patch at that age but I’m not sure whether I remember doing that or just recognize the familiar story. I still lust after fresh garden peas which unfortunately don’t grow well in the small vegetable garden I tend in our back yard. So now that you know my history of gobbling up all the peas in the garden for myself you might want to keep an eye on your pea patch.
Also of note, my Japanese lantern experience influenced the naming of my blog, Composting Words, as you can see on the About page so there is indeed power in this memory.
Inspirational facts about our landlady:
Some called Hilda Brungot “the Grand Dame of New Hampshire’s General Court”. She served for 40 years in the NH legislature from 1931 to 1937 and from 1941 to 1975, retiring from service when she was in her late 80s. (We rented from her from 1964-1966 and I was too young to know that I was in the company of greatness!) Living in NH’s north country meant that she had to drive through hazardous winter conditions through the mountain passes to get to the state capital when the house was in session to represent her constituents. She started her service when she was the mother of six children and also raised four other children. She courageously accomplished all of these things with a grade school education, finally earning her high school diploma in her 80s! You can read more about her on this other WordPress blog by Janice A. Brown.