"Please take some," She said, as She does every time that I visit Her.
She is old. She recently had a terrible infection that caused Her to act quite strangely and caused us to wonder if She had developed dementia or Alzheimers.
But yesterday, She was Her normal self, offering me flowers from Her garden.
Her first gift was two apple tree seedlings, years ago. Last year, one of them bore fruit for the first time.
Earlier this year, She offered me sprigs of flowering almond --- something She grew up with in the Shenandoah Valley, She said.
"Please take some," She said, pointing a finger towards some tall and lovely plants crowding into the space by Her front door.
She called it Valencia.
I found the perfect spot for it by the low wall next to my carport.
But none of my books mention a flower by this name, and an Internet search found nothing, either.
Perhaps it is a hybrid name or I heard Her wrong.
Nonetheless, it is beautiful.
Thank You, my friend. Stay with us, please, a few more years.