The arrival of spring has reminded me of three times my mother showed great insight into the world around her:
- “Be careful where you plant mint or it will take over your yard.“ This announcement came when I moved into this house eleven years ago and she brought me some mint sprigs in a bit of dirt. I put it in a raised bed and sure enough, in a year or so it had spread to every corner of that bed. I didn’t find many uses for the herb, so I eradicated it before it had a chance to spread further.
“A peony is very hard to transplant.“ We inherited one with the house, but it was in a spot we rarely see, so my husband has always talked about moving it. Until last year, I was always able to dissuade him. But as part of a big shake up last fall that involved a butterfly bush, an azalea, a hydrangea and the peony, he finally had his way. And this spring we can’t find any sign that the pretty peony ever existed.
- “John Edwards is not to be trusted.“ Actually, she made this pronouncement with considerably more vitriol when Edwards was John Kerry’s running mate. From a political standpoint, her attitude was not surprising, but as she’s been a North Carolinian for some fifty years I was a little taken aback that she would have such negative feelings about someone from her own state. Six years later, it’s pretty obvious she was absolutely right.