Friday, May 13, 2011


She planted the magnolia when they bought the house, insisting (over his objections) that it go beside the deck. She mulched, fussed, and watered it assiduously during droughts. Every spring she rhapsodized over its pink blossoms. She drew comfort from that tree, and during her final illness she sat on the deck beneath its boughs, warm beneath a blanket, sun dappling sunken cheeks.
     It is spring now and she is gone, but her magnolia is resplendent once again. He is waiting until its flowers wilt. Then he will cut it down and plant a proper shade tree in its place.

Story added to ABC Wednesday on October 12, 2011.


  1. I love magnolias; they seem to have such endurance. Sweet story but I'd never cut it down...

  2. Beautiful story and shocking ending. Well done!
    ABC Team

  3. surprising ending but I do love those

  4. Magnolias remind me of Auntie MAME, or at least the song.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  5. Well, they can each enjoy their favorite type of tree, and his action was put off until she could no longer enjoy hers. Good story.

  6. ugh...can't believe he's doing this... i love magnolias and i can imagine how much comfort they brought her..


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