Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

I was perusing my birthday cards and gifts, and wondering where to display them, when it occurred to me that the cards, so thoughtfully chosen by friends and family, were like special snapshots of my life; the yesterday, today, and tomorrow of it.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is the common name of a flowering plant that used to grow in the garden of my childhood home. To us, it was known as Morning, Noon and Night.  I was fascinated by it because it had the prettiest flowers. Some were white and some were dark purple and others were in between.   A plant with three different coloured flowers! How was this possible? I didn’t know then that the colours of the flowers represented their ages and stages, but I did know about grafting because I had watched a man graft two hibiscus plants for our garden.  So my little head imagined that a very clever person had managed to graft together a Morning Plant, a Noon Plant and a Night Plant to create this  wondrous hybrid. The fact that no one seemed to own a Morning Plant or a Noon or a Night one  was a puzzle but not too concerning. The world was full of puzzles yet to be solved.  Fellow blogger Pleisbilongtumi  at http://pleisbilongtumi.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/inside-the-beauty-of-brunfelsia-uniflora/#comments has  beautiful photos of  this  garden treasure as it is in his part of the world.

Other treasures, for me, in our family garden were the frangipani trees. I loved them for their rich satiny and sweetly perfumed flowers. I loved their shade. I loved climbing them. I loved watching the ants climbing them. Here is my Yesterday birthday card from my parents and my sister. In  Yesterday,  I dawdled completely absorbed in  natural beauty and my greatest concern may have been nothing more than the whereabouts of the Morning Plant. Well, yes, that and the annoying boy who had a go-kart and who lived in the hotel around the corner  and refused to be my boyfriend. What was he thinking?Memories of Frangipani

Here, from a dear friend who has been beside me almost since the days of Yesterday , is the Today Card. Today is a Balancing Act. I have to negotiate the mundane and often precarious materiality of the adult world. Yet, in the tumbly jumble of that world, the preservation of my soul depends on my rushed efforts to  consciously apply and reapply beauty and graciousness  lest I lose sight of them.Today's Balancing Act

From my brother comes the Tomorrow card. It is a little bit in Yesterday, too, because our first cat, Tiddles, looked similar to this creature. Tiddles enjoyed sleeping comfortably  amongst the gerberas.Tomorrow? What's that?Now I am not intending to, and my brother doesn’t intend that I should, follow the words on the card and sleep my way through the future. I will leave that to the current cat of the house. The Tomorrow card is an aspirational card. It expresses a wish for contentment, peace, relaxation and an accepting oneness with both the natural and man-made worlds.  Tomorrow can be here as soon as the next breath but, in the long term view, it  contains the hope that keeps the heart beating.

What happens when I mingle these cards of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow? How does my life look?  Is it  beauty or mess? Or some of each?RenderedEither way, can you see the heart in the middle of it all?

Peg note: If you are wondering why my cards are pegged on a line, it’s because, in contemplating the cards and their relevance to my life, I was, in a sense, “hanging myself out to dry”.  The cards, hung by pegs, also remind me of photos being developed and brought to life. And, on the mundane side, it was scorchingly hot indoors, so it was much nicer being outside taking photos in the shade of the pergola.

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35 thoughts on “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

  1. utesmile

    Your life is real beauty and it comes from within you! You got fantastic cards, my favourite the cat one from your brother. It is a wonderful idea to peg them along, the British do that with Xmas cards but indoors. Wishing you a happy Easter, wonderful you!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you. Although the sun was shining when I pegged out my cards, I decided, later, that I should bring them indoors. I am glad I did because, last night, we had unexpected rain. And, I suddenly realised,this morning, that I should have written that the cat card was from my brother and my sister-in-law. They are a team and always send something special for my birthday.

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  2. teamgloria

    you have one of those blogs that is so delicious because we learn a great deal, follow links, revel in the conversation that follows your words and generally get a sense of well-being (and catlike naps-ness).

    delicious.

    scrapbooking the cards soon?

    #weadoretoscrapbook (in a glamorous Cecil Beaton-or-albert-hadley-esque way, naturellement)

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you. But, sigh, I indulge in catlike naps-ness so much that scrapbooking remains a dream. I have books and scraps but no togetherness on the subject.

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      1. teamgloria

        we store ours up and then spread it all out once every three months, with a pot of tea and some excellent music and build and record and think and dream and wonder at how much we had forgotten……curious experience.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you. The plant likes a warm climate, all year. I don’t know if it would grow in your region. I don’t have one in my garden here in New Zealand.

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  3. tyler4turtles

    Well, happy belated birthday! I thoroughly enjoyed this post – you must feel very blessed! I know what you mean about the cards. Each one is so unique and has its own personality just like the person who sent it. In February, I flew home to Montana for my grandpa’s 90th birthday and we sat next to him while he opened 40 of the 60 cards he received from former students, athletes, friends and relatives. While his short term memory is fading, he remembers everyone from his past and had a story to tell about each person and each card. Even though it’s been a month since his birthday, grandma tells me that she sees him re-reading the notes and messages, opening his old photo albums and year books to associate faces with names, re-living his legacy.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      What a lovely, happy story. You describe it so clearly that I feel I am in that room ,too, watching your grandfather opening his cards. I was surprised by how many memories came to me when contemplating my birthday cards. Before I went to sleep yesterday I was able to take a walk (in my mind) around my childhood garden and ,as I walked, I kept remembering more and more of the plants we had and where they were planted.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you. Usually I colour coordinate my cards, but I ‘life- coordinated’ them this time. Hope you are having a blessed time with your little ones.

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      1. mmmarzipan

        I love that- “life-coordinated”! Inspired! 🙂
        We are having a lovely (very busy 😉 ) time together, thank you… very thankful for a long weekend! x

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  4. Virginia Duran

    First of all Happy Birthday 🙂 (better late than never)! I think what you did is a nice way of looking at your life and made me think of a book I read recently: “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s! If you haven’t read it I would highly recommend it. I think you would really like it 🙂

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  5. pleisbilongtumi

    I am so delighted you have included the link to my blog. This is so wonderful and I highly appreciate the brilliant idea of your communication. All the best, Gallivanta. 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I am glad you like it. It was your photo that reminded of that wonderful plant in my first home in this world. I was so young when I first met it but I have always had the image with me in my memories.

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  6. Mrs. P

    Okay, after researching the brunfelsia uniflora plant…I want one. But…will they allow me to import it? I’m not sure. I think it would grow fine in my climate and I have a bright sunny space for it.

    I love the way you created the last photo with the cards…how did yo do that? My thoughts on their meaning…you are multi-dimensional, understanding the power of simplicity but able to offer depth in whatever you do.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I think the Brunfelsia uniflora would grow beautifully in your garden. Do you have a specialist garden centre nearby to help you locate one? The last photo is done using the collage facilities on Picassa. I use Picassa for storing my photos and I find it suits my basic needs. I like your interpretation of the last photo; you make little smiles dance on my face.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you. The heart was on another beautiful birthday card. It was hard to choose which cards to display but I couldn’t resist adding that one to the mix. May you have a Blessed Easter, although I am not sure if you celebrate now or during the Orthodox Easter.

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