As you ramble today, take notice of signs and appreciate the colour and diversity of your local flowers and foliage.
Colourful Mums are part of the Canadian Fall landscape. Growing up in England, the word "mums" had a very different connection for me (Rev. Gail). I couldn't help ;augh when I read this short story from Janice, author of The Prayer Bench. I hope it gives you a chuckle too:
"We’d only been in Canada for a couple of days into our three-week touring holiday, when we were joined for a day by our friend, an academic with expertise in the radical reformation of the 16th Century.
He climbed aboard our motorhome, to guide us on a tour of his local area of Kitchener-Waterloo in Ontario, with a particular emphasis on showing and telling us about Mennonites. Our guide was providing an entertaining and in-depth commentary which was extremely enjoyable for our own resident academic with a similar sphere of interest, but the rest of us were also spellbound.
Until… “Stop!” Yelled young son who was 12 at the time. We stopped the motorhome, and everyone eagerly looked out the window. Immediately there were smiles and laughter from the rest of the family. Our guide was surprised and had paused mid-sentence, wondering if he should feel offended at the interruption. He too looked out the window. He couldn’t see what had caused such a dramatic stop or inspired such laughter (although once enlightened he too enjoyed the humour and wasn’t offended).
‘Mums for Sale’ read the sign. This appealed to young son, who dragged me out of the van to have my photo taken next to the sign, pretending to purchase me, delighted that in Canada people sell and buy Mums.
Colouring for adults has become a spiritual practice in recent years. It can slow us down, and help us reflect. Today, I invite you print off this sheet of Mum to colour - you could also take a walk in your neighbourhood and take photos of various Mums.
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