The Flowers Of Summer Are Here
By James Walsh
15 Mar 2008
Roseburg is a very small town. It is getting bigger but it is still small. During the winter and fall it rains a lot. The skies are overcast and the clouds heavy. Personally I don't mind it because the rain and the clouds bring back memories of happy times when I was growing up in Ireland. They also remind me of unhappy times but I try not to pay attention to those memories. Also, during the rains, the greens are greener, the hills more splendid and the walks more colorful. The air is brisk.
I love the winter and fall both in Roseburg and in Oregon in general. I should really say in the Northwest.
But then... comes the summer. The air is lighter the mood easier and the smiles are all around. All of a sudden we begin to notice flowers in the city. Of course there are flowers in every city, but these flowers.... somebody puts them there. They are everywhere. They hang from buildings, they hang from lampposts and they hang from trees. Beautiful big baskets of flowers dot the streets and the walls and the trees and the sidewalks. We know it is going to be a nice summer.
I have often wondered who thought this idea up. Was it someone in City hall one day who decided that the city needed flowers in the summer? Perhaps someone in one of those big grey government buildings? Was it some city benefactor? Was it some who suggested it to the mayor and the mayor said " I have an idea. Why don't we put some flowers in the city" and then got elected for another term. Was it some from Lake Woebegone who called and suggested it. Garrison Keilor? Is this just a normal thing in every small city in the United States?
No matter! I wonder if that government official or mayor or benefactor knows how much beauty they bring to this little place.
We thank them and hope that you have flowers too....