Sunday, October 14, 2007
Fiori e Canto
I've been mulling over Carol's idea about naming your garden. None of the names I was coming up with felt right...they didn't cover enough of the ideas/memories/thoughts that I was trying to include. But today while trying to put together my Bloom Day post between some garden work and Italian homework (I have this desire/delusion to learn to speak Italian, the language of my mom's parents, and have been studying it for a couple years) the perfect name just came to me. Therefore, from now on my garden will be known as 'Fiori e Canto' (Flowers and Song). This ties in the Italian with something else important to me. My mom loved to garden, she loved to sing, and she loved poetry. Long before she passed away (which was a little over ten years ago) she found a carved garden rock that said 'Flowers and Song.' Living in California she learned about Mexican history and one thing she found intriguing was that poetry was a combination of two words, flowers and song. It was so perfect for her and whenever I see or hear that phrase it reminds me of her.
For me, personally, flowers have many meanings. There are the actual flowers I love to grow, the flowers on the fruit and veggie plants that become food for the meals at my house, and the flowering/growing of the children in my care. Song also has personal meaning...the song of the birds (an interest I inherited from my dad and his mom), the voices of the children when we sing together (I really enjoy singing so it's a good thing I have kids to sing with since my mom did not pass her talent on to me!) and the enjoyment I get from listening to songs.
I think I'm ready to make a sign!