Six years ago, I dug up the grass under a magnolia tree in my front yard and planted flowers, focusing initially on snowdrops, hellebores, and daffodils.
My birthday is the first day of spring in my hemisphere, and these early spring plants are a present to myself, a living bouquet that I share with everyone in my neighborhood.
Last year, so many flowers were in bloom on the first day of spring:
This year is a different story:
We had a cold winter, delaying the growth of my birthday present. However, I am enjoying my hellebores, snowdrops, early snow glories, and crocuses, and I’m looking forward to the daffodils.
This is my second birthday during the pandemic.
A year ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reported just over 15,000 cases and 201 deaths due to the coronavirus. Now, well over 500,000 people in the United States have died.
In this tragic environment, I put the finishing touches on a story about loss, though it takes place in a time before COVID. It’s called Nothing But Patience, and it’s a modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility, which begins with the passing of an old gentleman whose will “gave as much disappointment as pleasure.”
I enjoy analogizing classic stories to modern day experiences, and of course, I’ve added a legal twist related to the old gentleman’s will. The story also features a garden:
Sisters Noor and Maryam Dashel are struggling with the loss of two family members and their home. Will they risk losing their remaining family by pursuing a controversial lawsuit?