Visiting the Pres' childhood home after his Mom passed away last year was hard on all of us. When my BIL suggested that we dig up "those flowers that grow over there...those big red ones. Mom would want you to have them," I became teary-eyed.
So the Pres and I dug, not knowing what we were digging up. All we were told was that they had to be dug up each year. Planting them in a sunny location in the yard, we waited and watched as the foliage emerged. Being much cooler out this way than at Mom's, we worried that they wouldn't make it.
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