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Bare Footing with Granddad

Last Thursday when our granddaughter Zoe was with us for the day it was finally a perfect, warm day.  Once Zoe saw that her granddad was outside doing something interesting in the garden, there was no stopping her to “go help.”

“Oma! Oma! Outside!” she called to me pointing out the window.  “Let’s put on your shoes Zoe”… that did not work. Out the door she flew around the house to her granddad. Granddad was planting a new perennial I brought home and Zoe was right there helping. She got it in the ground, patted the soil around it and carried the bucket of stones to the pile. Then it was time to water it in. After the surprise of getting her toes watered, she decided that this was the best of all and watered everything! I did eventually get her shoes on but I am thinking it will be harder and harder as Summer arrives to keep them on her feet.

Over these last 6 years I have taken so many pictures of our two grandkids but I never get tired of taking photo after photo of the special moments that make a memory. I have many pictures of my husband walking hand and hand with our grandson, but I think this was the first one with little Zoe. The bond that they both have formed with him is amazing and sometimes I am just afraid to blink and they will be all grown up. Will they still want to walk hand and hand with us? Will they remember these simple bare footing days? I sure hope so. My plan is to keep finding fun things to do, be it planting flowers or just running for joy.  And the best news is we will be welcoming a new grandchild in October when my son and his wife have their first. I hope that you find this Summer a wonderful time to create memories with your family. Life is good!

by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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