November 20, 2010

My Brother in Law

The marigold in my garden, the sturdy one, the reliable bloomer with the short stocky form and the colors of sunshine.  The most dependable, easy going, funny plant I grow.  Yes, the marigold is funny, it tells jokes and makes the other flowers laugh.

 He made me laugh.

Marigolds never ever fail you.  They are like the repairmen of the garden, ready to fill a spot with brightness, or repel trouble on nearby veggies with their spicy scent.

When I needed him, he was always there, repair tools in hand.

The marigold is an easy plant that gets along with every other specimen in the border.  A fussy mass of blooms is always anchored by the addition of structured, unpretentious marigolds tucked in among them.

He was the stable backbone of our messy, jumbled lives.

My brother in law, my sister's husband, the marigold in my life.

I will miss him so much.


  1. A beautiful tribute. So sorry.

  2. This will be one long lonely winter. I wish you and your family peace.

  3. I'm sorry Laurrie. He sounded wonderful.

  4. I'm sorry Laurrie. What a beautiful expression of your love for him. Peace to you and your family. ~Cat

  5. yes, a beautiful tribute. I'm so sorry for your and your family's loss.

  6. What a lovely, heartfelt post. I am so sorry.

  7. Thank you, all, for your kind thoughts.


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