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Rescuing Mathilda

We found Mathilda among weeds last week as we were  picking wildflowers. She had a delicate white blossom.  She was in an area that was going to become a sidewalk. My daughter wanted to get a shovel as soon as we got home and rescue her. She named her Mathilda.    We dug her out of the hard clay ground and placed her in a pot filled with Gardeners Gold Organic Potting Soil.  While I was digging Mathilda  my daughter found another flower she named Delilah.

Mathilda and Delilah are in a pot on our back deck. They were rescued the day before the backhoe dug up their home. There is a now a sidewalk over the spot where we found them. The same sidewalk my husband placed a 2012 penny last week.

I will take the flowers to the new sidewalk so they can visit the place where they germinated. I wonder if seeing where they use to live will give them a sense of closure. Mathilda and Delilah will see a cement block covering their old home. If they had jumped off of the shovel and dug their roots back in the hard clay, they  would have been plowed over and buried under six inches of gravel and cement.  Mathilda and Delilah would not have lived to maturity and  died a natural death, leaving their seeds to germinate into a new generation.

My daughter and I just carried  the pot containing Mathilda and Delilah to the new sidewalk and placed them  over the area where  they use to live. While we were there my daughter found a pink wild Morning Glory.

“Run Mama and get the shovel. We have to save this flower too.”

We dug up the wild Morning Glory and placed her roots beside our mailbox. Tomorrow I will ask my daughter what her name is.

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  • When I was a little girl I used to love snapdragons, I treated them as my toys, I used to open there mouths & feed them grass or whatever else there was handy in the garden to “feed” them. AND, speaking of noticing names, with a name like mine you have no idea how many times it gets massacred in one day,so I am very protective of my name.

    • Pamela Hodges

      That is sweet Mom. I didn’t know you did that.

  • I was struck by the way you spelled “Mathilda” – isn’t that a silly thing to notice? My Hispanic students spell it differently so it caught my attention. Names always catch my attention; I’m glad your daughter gifted the flowers so thoughtfully.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you for commenting on what you noticed about the name. I am always interested to what people think of the writing, how it affects them. I notice names as well. Especially when mine gets shortened 🙂

  • This is a little slice of beauty and memory, I love your telling here.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Betsy.

  • The somberness of tone relates to the seriousness of the rescue through your daughter’s eyes. In fact, the first several lines has a hint of mystery to it. If one skimmed through too fast, it might easily be misconstrued that whatever you found in the weeds was something other than a white flower. I agree with Dana.

    • pamelahodges

      Mathilda really felt real to me. Her seed pod opened yesterday. We are going to plant her children in the backyard.
      Thank you for your comments.

  • Wow, I am amazed at how your daughter named these flowers. You gave them such personality in this piece. I found myself feeling so sad for them about leaving their home but also feeling it was necessary for their survival and they would move forward. Great personification.

    • pamelahodges

      Dana, thank you for feeling the flowers pain, and noticing the personification. The flowers really came alive to me after my daughters need to save them.

  • A beautiful story of love, rescue, and patience.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Margaret. Mathilda just oponed her seed pod. We are going to plant her children in our backyard.

  • writekimwrite

    It is sweet to see things in this way…flowers in need of rescue and naming and then a return visit to their place of origin.

    • pamelahodges

      I felt like the flowers in the pot, after moving to Pennsylvania from California.

  • Have fun watching them as they grow. My daughter loved snapdragons, she always asked me to plant “dragons” in the flower beds each year. I still do!

    • pamelahodges

      We planted snapdragons this year as well. We will call them dragons as well.

  • Your daughter needs to come over and rescue my nameless basil, which has virtually perished in last week’s heat wave. It needs some love, attention, and saving!

    • pamelahodges

      We would love to rescue your basil. How far do I have to drive?