(Post by DARLENE FOSTER)
As my mom gets older and less and less mobile, I find myself reflecting on some of the wonderful times we have had together. Mom lives in another province so we only see each other once or twice a year. Four years ago, a year after we lost Dad, I invited her to come for a visit in April, specifically so I could take her to the tulip festival in La Conner, Washington. I knew how much she loved tulips and felt this would be a great place for us to visit together.
Although we woke up early to take the two hour journey south from my home in British Columbia, we still had to wait a long time to get through the border. It was a sunny west coast day and no doubt many people wanted to take in the festival. It was certainly worth the wait.
Following signs, we drove along the road heading west where we noticed spots of intense colour in the distance. The closer we got, the more evident it became that these splashes of pinks, purples, reds and yellows were actually acres of tulip fields.
What an amazing sight. Mom was visibly delighted. We parked the car and wandered amongst the tulips. Not only were the colours amazing, but the variety of shapes and sizes were astounding. A photographer’s dream; even for an amateur such as myself.
A little girl, all dressed up, posed for her picture between the rows of flowers. Her parents gave us permission to photograph her. What a sweetie.
Stopping at a number of tulip farms, there seemed to be no end to them, we could not believe the selection of tulips. We had never seen anything like it! We arrived back home later that evening, tired but happy. Mom never did get to Holland to see the tulip fields, but she was very pleased to have been to the La Conner tulip festival. I am so glad we had the opportunity to do this together when we could. What great memories. She still talks about it. If you ever find youself in the Pacific Northwest in April, I suggest you make a point of visiting the Tulip Festival.
Is there something special you have done with a loved one that remains in your fond memory?
Darlene Foster, Delta BC, Canada
Darlene is an employment coach/facilitator, an ESL tutor and author of the Amanda travel adventure series. She was brought up on a ranch in Southern Alberta, where she dreamt of traveling the world and meeting new people. She lives on the West Coast of BC with her husband Paul and two black cats, Pumpkin and Monkey. Check out her website and blog and follow her on Twitter.Tweet