Edith Gallagher Boyd
Max held Daddy's little shovel, digging in the dirt.
"That's Daddy's shovel, Max."
"Lexie, it's a trowel, and Daddy
I knew Max was right about Daddy.
Saturday morning he caught us eating chocolate ice cream for breakfast,
and he just patted Max's head, when he took Harry for his walk.
And when Miss Dixon called Daddy into school cause Max wasn't
doing his homework, Max was still allowed to ride his bike and play
"You should wear Mommy's gardening
gloves," I said as he poured the seeds into rows he had dug. He
handed me Mommy's sprinkling can and asked me to pour a little water on
"Why aren't you planting them in
the regular place?" I
"Cause I want it to be a
surprise," he said, gently rolling his hand over the dirt.
Ruby caught us behind the trees
Kentucky Derby Day. Daddy was at a party up the street. Ruby was
stricter than Daddy, and didn't want us that far from the house.
She got tears in her eyes when she saw
the rows of yellow on their little stems.
"Y'all need to come back near the
yard where I can see you."
On Flag Day, it took both Daddy and Ruby to wheel Mommy out to
see the flowers my brother had planted. Max didn't even bother to change
out of his Safety Patrol belt, he was so excited. When he got the belt
muddy, Daddy didn't say anything bad.