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  • Writer's pictureTerry Pace

Photo: Spring


These are lilacs in our yard in Oklahoma. This lilacs ancestors go back to at least the 1880's in Arkansas where my paternal grandmother, Cora was born. A cutting was transplanted in north central Texas where my grandmothers family moved at the end of the 1880's. From there a cutting went with Cora and family to the southern panhandle plains of Texas in 1924. My father took a cutting when he and my mom built their house on our farm in 1953 near Levelland Texas. The lilacs flourished as did the farm and our family. Each spring they bloomed and brought every insect and butterfly in the county to visit us. I spent many days wondering at all of this life and always picked bouquets of lilacs for my mom. I took my own cutting and brought the plant to Oklahoma in 1995.

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