Monday, August 10, 2009

on dahlias

The weekends Alexi is on call (not home), while relatively few in number, always seem so long. When I think back on how the weekend went, it was a perfectly good summer weekend. We biked, made jam, took walks, read books, watched a movie. Yet I'm exhausted. The weekend was full of transient intensities. And included an epic struggle over what could and could not be stowed under the bed. (Why, why did I engage in a power struggle with a four year old?) Sunday evening we went to a park to meet Cal's future pre-kindergarten classmates. Upon leaving the playground in search of a spot to picnic, we discovered a dahlia garden adjacent to a grassy field. A perfect spot to picnic; a perfect ending to the day, the weekend. Hard times make beauty stand out even more, don't they?

14 comments:

cindy said...

love your dahlias. beautiful colors. I miss the NW. We're in the desert now, so can't grow these types of flowers. Thanks for sharing them with us. Cindy

pve design said...

This Summer, we have had lots of rain and not a lot of sun..did you know that dahlia's intense color fades from the sun...a gentleman who grows them has the sweetest umbrellas....I will go there and see if I can take some photos to show you.
Hope you have a "cool" week ahead and not to many heated struggles with four year olds.
pve

Ruth said...

Beautiful post, and beautiful pictures! You always have such a way of expressing these things. Thanks for sharing.

Purple Flowers said...

I guess it happens every once in a while, but I have every confidence in you, that you will figure it out. If you think about it, power struggles exist even with adults (family or not). I guess it's a part of life, relationships and growing

Deidra said...

I'm glad your weekend ended well. We pick our battles, don't we, and from what we choose and those we don't we grow a closer bond with those we love and who love us. And in the end, that's what matters.

Erika said...

Dahlias mean summer is coming to an end.....Wow, Cal in pre-k!!

Frau said...

Gorgeous pictures...summer can't end. I hope Cal is so excited for school especially now he has met some classmates.

Ina in Alaska said...

I love walking the dogs around the neighborhood and checking the glorious progress of everyone's gardens. The colors just "pop", a feast for the eyes.

So funny imagining you engaging in an epic power struggle with a 4 YO! LOL!!! xoxo

Cris Siqueira said...

these are really beautiful!!!

happy week

KPiep said...

Ah...the power struggle with a small one. It happens more than I care to admit around here!

Jessica said...

I love that picnic basket of yours and those dahlias! You did have a fine summer weekend even with those little struggles:)

Megan Coyle said...

I stumbled onto your blog and I had to leave a comment--I love your photos of flowers. You've done a great job of capturing color and summer.

Paige said...

Yes they do! That's why I'm thankful for cameras, words, and blogs every single day.
Power struggles with 4 yo's are always epic, aren't they?? Juliet is also 4, and we are no stranger to the power struggle, that's for sure!

You Are My Fave said...

I know this may cause an uproar from other bloggers but I think dahlias might be my fave. Even better than peonies. Gasp.