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Friday, April 12, 2013

My Favorite Thing For Tomorrow....Saturday

 My favorite thing this week isn't a thing...it's a little girl. Let me introduce you to Audra, our next door neighbor.She was just a tot when they moved in and we became fast friends.She is always just a smile away. She comes to help me garden. Usually wearing something pink. I think it's her favorite color....doesn't she blend in with my flowers?She used to always have a little dress on "in the old days."
 My little companion on the front porch. She comes skipping over and wonders what we will do today. If I'm just resting...she loves a game of dominoes. Sometimes she brings a friend or two to join us in a doll party or a beauty shop party...where they get their hair fixed up.
 She said that her Daddy went to a sale at a mansion and brought her all this jewelry. She was sure that she had so much jewelry...she wouldn't have to buy any for a long time. She even shared with me...a pair of hummingbird earrings that she was sure would be my style.
A helper in the kitchen....she has helped make Pizzelles one time...putting just the right amount of powdered sugar in top. We made hundreds of cookies for the Grotto ceremony at our Church.

Now here's a picture from just last summer. She wanted to help me plant something, but I had already planted what I wanted ...cutting down from the years before. I had noticed that there were geraniums on sale at our local store. I asked her if she would like to go flower shopping. She jumped at the chance and hopped in my car. Off we went to pick out some plants. She picked out a little less than a dozen red geraniums and we brought them home along with some other supplies. A treat for her and one for me too :) We got right to work and she became my knees and back.....hauling the lawn cart to the back and a big pot as well. She set to work filling the pot and planting her purchases. These late in the year flowers were so successful....the first time geraniums have thrived in my yard. As I said yesterday...little care, and no beetles assured us of beautiful flowers right up till frost.

Audra isn't around as much as she was years ago. She has activities...dance, soccer, friends with birthday parties, bike riding etc. I understand all of this, but Joe doesn't He wonders why she doesn't come over as much. I tell him that she's busy with her very active life.She came one day and said, "I just thought that maybe you were missing me." so cute. She does come once in a while now....like the other afternoon when we heard the doorbell....There she stood with a present in her hand. She came in and I opened the gift...It was an outfit for my Goosey Loosey who stands guard on our front porch. The little card meant more to me than the gift....she said in her youthful writing...."Thanks for everything you do! Love Audra."

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judemiller1 said...

So sweet--at that age, they love to help and surprisingly, they can! Enjoy your time with her for soon, she will be a teenager and so busy with her own life, but--she will always remember the times spent with you--just like we remember those times when we were young.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a little treasure you have there. Such a sweetie. She is getting much from you too. Enjoy all the moments.

Barbee' said...

That is so sweet!

It's Just Dottie said...

The love we receive from a child is a very special gift from God!!!
Smiles, Dottie

debra @ homespun said...

Ah she is adorable and what a lovely and sweet post about your relationship !!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

It's delightful to work with children, keeps us young.


Diane said...

Everybody should have a neighbor like that! You should write a note to her, telling her how special she is to you and save it for when she is grown up!

Claudia said...

Balisha, this is such a beautiful post - a tribute to your kindness and willingness to share your time with a little girl who lives next door. Kids do grow up and get busy - my dad can't understand this about his grandsons, who are teenagers. But clearly, your friend still appreciates you and the time she has spent with you.

Thanks so much for joining in this week.


Leslie's Garden said...

This was such a delight to read! I wish I had a little neighbor to come and enjoy the garden. I know it's bittersweet when they grow up and become interested in other things, but I would just about guarantee that one day she will have her own home and she will go out that first Spring and purchase red geraniums and tell her little neighbor about the wonderful lady who she adored when she was a child and who introduced her to the pretty red plant and then ask if she's ever heard of Pizzelles and wouldn't she like to help her make some. What a legacy!

Kathy Moreland said...

What a sweet helper you have! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a great evening.

AshTreeCottage said...

I love this story. I used to have a little neighbor named Jessica. She came over every day and when she was quite little she used to bring a book over and pretend to "read" to me. She graduated from High School last year and the greatest compliment she ever gave me is when she introduced me to her friend and said "Susan used to take the time to listen to me". Never underestimate the value of a young friend. Your friendship will live in her heart all of your days.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

ImSoVintage said...

How precious. Especially that she remembers you in her busy life. xo Laura

Haworth said...

Balisha, that is such a lovely story! You and Audra BOTH are so lucky to have one another. Even though she may not visit as much any more, I'm sure you will be one of her favorite childhood memories and she will never forget you. Wishing you many more days of happiness in her sweet company!