Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte

It Started With an Amaryllis

on February 14, 2020

First there was the bowl of amaryllis bulbs my son and his wife gave me for Christmas. There were five bulbs the size of softballs. Each bulb had two shoots that promised glorious blooms. Today ten scarlet amaryllis flowers form a small shrub offset brilliantly by the clean white snow outside my window. I wanted to take a picture of the amaryllis to show my son and daughter-in-law who live in Minneapolis. But I don’t know how to do this with my smart phone. I would have to wait until one of my Cleveland grandchildren showed up to do this for me.

Yesterday my project was to print the Haiku I wrote two days ago on greeting cards using a Microsoft Word format so I could send each grandchild a Valentine. I discovered that Word greeting cards aren’t very flexible and don’t allow for the Haiku structure. I finally gave up and sent my grandchildren texts. As I texted each Haiku my phone remembered the words for me and had memorized my Haiku by the time I sent the last one. Then there was the fun of receiving texts back from each grandchild.

With the success of my Haiku greetings I decided to see if I could take photos of my amaryllis. And I somehow did.

11 responses to “It Started With an Amaryllis

  1. Dale says:

    Technology is not for the faint of heart.
    I love that you did not give up!

    Does the Word greeting card allow for a “text box” in which you could write your Haiku? You’ve got me curious now…

    And so very glad you did manage to take a picture of your amaryllis… kind of which you shared it with us 😉

    • vivachange77 says:

      The regular blank page you can write on in Word is fine. This was a Valentine greeting card with its own words you could replace. They had a few large letters which I couldn’t reduce to make room for seventeen syllables. I have no idea how to get photos to WordPress posts. I am sticking to word pictures.

  2. Marvelous that in spite of technology you conquered valentines heroically. Huzzah!

    p.s. WordPress happiness engineers helped me greatly when I needed it, in a way I could understand. I would enlist their help in getting your photos to the screen!

  3. Ah well done! Good that you have helpful grandchildren but well done for working it out yourself.

  4. Resa says:

    I hope you get a shot of the amaryllis and share it with us!

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