To satisfy my Lilac infatuation, I flew to visit my brother in Rochester, NY for their huge Lilac Festival at Highland Park this past weekend. Rochester is known as the "Flower City."
Boomer Adventures & Out of My Comfort Zone ~ It Must be Spring ~ I Want to Smell Lilacs in Bloom
The fragrance of Lilacs, to me, is evocative of Spring. I remember a huge Lilac bush outside the back door of my childhood home. In my mind’s eye, nothing means Spring is here more than Lilacs.
When DH and I moved to our home, I immediately planted small Lilac bushes in the back yard with the hope that they would someday grow and bloom on forever. Until my DD # 2 came along. Then all such hopes were dashed. When DD was about 3, she and her best ‘bud’ defoliated my young Lilac bushes, and they never were the same after that. Ever. Last year my DH cut them all down.
I still have my Iris growing in my pitiful flower garden, and they are my second favorite aromatic flowers. One must understand that I am no Martha Stewart, but rather, the Dr. Kevorkian of gardening. So just a little bit of memory still hangs on.
Rochester Lilac Festival
Well, to satisfy my Lilac infatuation, I flew to visit my brother in Rochester, NY for their huge Lilac Festival this past weekend. Rochester is known as the “Flower City.” My brother went to Rochester Institute of Technology, and never returned to Connecticut. I really am not a fan of flying, and was totally out of my comfort zone. However, at my age, I figure, what-ever, and now I consider that I’m at a point in my life where I can do as I darn please; if I want a getaway, sans family, off I go.
My brother and I had a delightful visit, and I got to wake up and “smell the….lilacs!”
Being a Baby Boomer has it’s benefits, I guess. I reckon I’m only here for so much longer and can’t stand around waiting for others to satisfy my inner needs. In the entire time my brother’s been up in Rochester, we’ve only driven up to see him maybe twice. The rest of the time I flew with a young DD and 91-year old grandmother in tow. My kids are in their 20s now. So off I went by myself this time. It was a cathartic experience.
The smell and memories those Lilacs invoked meant more to me than anyone could ever imagine.
For More Information Visit: Rochester Lilac Festival
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