Poignant labur­num

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

“The labur­num tree in the cor­ner of our gar­den is in full, gor­geous, yel­low bloom just now,” writes a Craigie reg­u­lar.

“As I re­turned from lock­ing my wife’s car and se­cur­ing it for the night, I stopped to gaze at the tree and mem­o­ries came flood­ing back.

“I re­mem­ber my fa­ther-in-law and my wife’s un­cle re­turn­ing from a walk and hand­ing me a young sapling for my new gar­den in 1971; it was that labur­num.

“I planted it in pride of place and it has flour­ished ever since. It was in bloom dur­ing its first spring here when the min­is­ter asked me to be his Sun­day School su­per­in­ten­dent.

“Later, I took many pho­tos over the years with the back­drop of the bright yel­low tree, in­clud­ing sev­eral of our two daugh­ters when they were chil­dren.

“As I gazed at the beau­ti­ful sight, my eyes filled with tears, as I re­mem­bered pos­ing my younger daugh­ter and her new hus­band for a photo in front of the tree. They were on their way to a wed­ding and were dressed in the go­ing-away out­fits they had worn on their own wed­ding day a month be­fore.

“Both, sadly, died very young and all I have are the mem­o­ries, but that one is par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful, to be re­called in vivid de­tail ev­ery May when our lit­tle labur­num tree de­cides to daz­zle us with its blos­soms.”

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