Sunday Dinner: Gratitude

Eastern Swallowtail on Verbena 'Lollipop' at the Heath family's garden in Gloucester.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Verbena ‘Lollipop’ at the Heath family’s garden in Gloucester.


“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy;

they are the charming gardeners

who make our souls blossom.”


Marcel Proust


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“Beauty is not who you are on the outside,

it is the wisdom and time you gave away

to save another struggling soul, like you.”


Shannon L. Alder


Alliums with Iris, Gloucester, VA

Alliums with Iris, Gloucester, VA


“I believe that what we become

depends on what our fathers teach us

at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.

We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”


Umberto Eco


Allium in our Forest Garden

Allium in our Forest Garden


“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up

trying to pay back the people in this world

who sustain our lives.

In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender

before the miraculous scope of human generosity

and to just keep saying thank you,

forever and sincerely,

for as long as we have voices.”


Elizabeth Gilbert


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The rare daylily left ungrazed to bloom in our garden; for which we are most grateful!


Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016

With love and appreciation to all of those Fathers
who give of themselves so generously
to make this a more beautiful and more loving world for all.


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Zantedeschia aethiopica in our Forest Garden


“You pray in your distress and in your need;

would that you might pray also

in the fullness of your joy

and in your days of abundance.”


Kahlil Gibran


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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

6 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Gratitude

  1. The Gilbert quote is jam packed with so much – and as usual the rich quotes pair so nicely with your images and theme – ahhhh
    But! My biggest take away is the teaching and wisdom quote from ECO- it aligns with my very essence of how we influence – it is in spurts and well – I really love that and is it ok if I borrow it for a post later this summer – someone nominated me for a the three quotes in three days challenge and I think this one is a must!
    And I would nom you for this but that would be silly seeing you reign with quotes!

    • Yvette, you’re too funny. I love Umberto Eco’s writings, and this quote resonated very strongly with me. I spent my career teaching middle school and know this is absolutely the way children learn, especially from the adults in their lives. Please, use it, Yvette. The wider it is shared the more positive influence it can have. I’m glad you enjoyed the quotes and photos from this Father’s Day post. The Gloucester photos were taken during a Father’s Day event to support the local volunteer fire fighters in that area ❤ ❤ ❤

  2. Beautiful post, WG. 🙂

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