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My Happy Place

Years ago, I filled out a questionnaire for fun with lots of silly questions on it. One question was: “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” My immediate response was: “wherever my kids/grandchildren are.”  So I am truly a lucky grandmother since my daughter moved in next door to me with her family and my son (who is soon to be married) also lives pretty close.  Children and then the grandchildren really do make my heart happy and as you have read during the last few years, nothing is better than when our grandkids Aaron and Zoe come to visit.

A week or so ago, I purchased  a BIG beautiful pumpkin from Behnke’s and put it out in front of our house. The next day, I got a phone call from my husband that I had better bring some more pumpkins home, along with decorations, since Aaron was there and they could not find anything for fall decorating in the basement. Aaron was pretty sure that somewhere there were a bunch of decorations, but Granddad just could not find them. I was told very firmly by Aaron that he wanted to help decorate for Fall and Halloween. Of course I then got a shopping cart and filled it up with more perfect pumpkins, squash and gourds. Also grabbed a paint set we had here at work, and home I went. Aaron was waiting when I got there. A boy on a mission! He helped carry everything to the porch, put everything just so and then down to the basement we went to find the scarecrow, skeleton and big spider that we knew we had.

As you can see, my grandson has a flare for creating a beautiful space! By the way, that masked Batman in the photo is Aaron.  I hope that you have had just as much fun with your children or grandchildren this season. And really, if your family is far away, borrow your neighbors’ kids if you feel like it. They will get a charge out of helping and you might make a new friend.  And don’t forget to share pictures on our facebook page or instagram with the hashtag #behnkes!

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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