My friend Betsy has a gift for making a beautiful home. Walking into her apartment is like taking a breath of pure sweet air and immediately you feel at rest. I can say this with authority as the first time I ever set foot in her apartment was on the worst day of my life with my newborn son on a ventilator a few miles down the road, yet even in that distressed state I felt this and was refreshed by it.
My mom also has a similar gift-she has a green thumb. This last visit to her house we enjoyed beautiful weather, and in spite of the fact that a lot of her flowers weren’t blooming yet, walking through her yard was like taking a stroll through a botanical garden. Even though there are houses nearby, it is quiet and private and you can feel you are in a world all your own. The boys felt this too I think and were delighted to have their very own “trail” to walk on at Nonie’s house. So a special thanks to Betsy and my mom for making the world a more beautiful and peaceful place.