Photograph by Kevin Keister
I’m a visual person, and photos speak for me much better than words. We have many old photos in our house, going back several generations. We also have small items that hold great family attachments. In a way, this picture represents both.
These irises come from my wife’s side of the family. They were originally in the Cowgill, Missouri yard of her great-grandmother Ethel Diddle Bowers. Her aunt Brenda Bowers Bonar took some to her yard in Lathrop, Mo. Each year Amber, the girls and I take the sojourn to Lathrop to visit family. Our children retrace the same path with second cousins that Amber and her siblings did with their cousins. It’s an idyllic setting where memories are made to last a lifetime.
We brought back those same irises, and many years later they flourish in our Raleigh home. When I look at them blooming in the yard each spring it reminds me of our trips and the strong bond of family that has been passed down from one generation to the next.
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