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Lady Slippers

Sunday, May 26, 2013

One of my favorite places to play as a little girl was under the pine trees in the side yard-out near my husband John’s boat is now kept. There used to be a picnic table and a sand box there. There were also ten lady slipper plants. My mother told me to never pick the lady slippers because they would not grow back. I remembered her words for a few days, but then I would forget, and pick just one of those beautiful pink flowers for my mommy. As you have probably guessed, there are no more lady slippers left in her yard. Whenever I see a lady slipper in the woods, I think of my childhood. Today there are very few places where lady slippers are found. These delicate orchids are close to extinction. I think a lot about the fact that we need to listen to the instruction of God and of people around us in order to keep beauty around us.

Learning to lovingly raise Sam and Mathew has been a lot like the lady slipper story. I was given the gift of two boys to love, nurture, pray for. Now that they’re grown, I have some beautiful memories and lots of pictures to remind me of those times. Still, just like the lady slippers that I picked, those days will never return.
I believe that God has just given me a second chance to learn the lesson of respecting the beauty of nature. Behind my new home, there are some very rare white lady slippers. Yes Lord, I will not pick them.
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  • v MJ7DM33
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  • v ONUTHIN125
    1159 days ago
    what beautiful flowers and so is your story.....I don't think I've ever seen this flower..
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    I must be lucky because I see lady slippers, both pink and white, just about everywhere I go, now. Up and down dirt roads, hiking trails in the woods....just noticed several of them in the woods on the other side of my fence in the back yard.
    My grandmother also told me to never pick them because they were so rare. I remember, when a lake near our home was up for a lot of development, we spent many hours in the woods around it, she would carefully dig those lady slippers up, take them home and transplant them down near the brook in her back yard. A few years ago, while talking to the lady who now owns the home, she let me go take a look down around the back....those lady's slippers are not only still there, but thriving, all these years later.
    I've seen many pink ones, quite a few white ones, but I have never seen a yellow one...that I would love to see!
    1159 days ago
    I love Lady Slippers! Thanks for your story and photo!
    1159 days ago
  • v IOEINC
    We also had lady slippers in the woods behind my childhood home. My dad used to take us through the woods and point aout ll the different wild flowers growing in patches of sunlight! My mother also told us never to pick them. She would only let us pick dandelions to bring to her. She never liked cut flowers either so we always gave her potted plants for holidays. She used to plant them and take pictures of them so she could look at the pictures during the winter. She was truly an original!!

    I too truly blessed with three gifts from God. After 10 miscarriages and a baby born prematurely who only lived 11 days, God granted me my first gift of my beautiful oldest daughter who will be 29 next month. Next miscarriage did not deter me from trying again and then had younger daughter and then my son who I almost miscarried. Which makes me really believe what I once read...God's delays are not God's denials!!

    Memories are so wonderful but every day is a chance to make new ones!! In fact we are heading up to visit with oldest daughter and her husband today.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!!

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  • v DEEGIRL50
    Beautiful yellow ladyslippers grow in a campground near us. I always come away with a sense of awe and amazement at the sight of such a beautiful creation.

    Thank you for sharing your memories and loving thoughts. emoticon
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    You don't have to possess something in order to enjoy it.
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  • v LINDAKAY228
    They are so beautiful! So sad that they are almost extinct. I try to teach my grandkids to respect the things found in nature and not disturb them. I love the way you compared the lady slipper story to raising your kids!
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    They are so rare now! Protect them for the future!
    1159 days ago
    We are to take very good care of all that God gave us
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    I remember them too from my childhood. Thanks for the memory!
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