It Begins with a Question

Gemma-Rose and I gaze upon the flowers.

They’re pretty, bright, colourful, showy. A gorgeous backdrop for a photo. We raise our cameras.

Cameras down. We look around. There’s a Chinese gentleman. He’s standing in a garden bed erecting a parasol.

We ask a question: Why?

The man smiles. His eyes sparkle. Words tumble from his mouth: I’m sheltering the peonies – the imperial flower of China – from the warm Australian sun.

There’s more. We lean closer and listen. The man tells us about his vision: the blending of two cultures within his garden. He shares his passion.

Gemma-Rose and I behold the peonies.

They’re delicate, charming, graceful, elegant. An imposing backdrop for a photo. We raise our cameras.

It begins with a question. It ends with lives enriched by the sharing of a passion.

An unexpected connection on a warm Australian day.

When was the last time your life was enriched by the sharing of a passion?

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  1. Reply

    Right now! Yay! xo Jazzy Jack

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      That is so lovely. Thank you. I love how we can share our passions with each other!

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    Thanks for sharing your experience so eloquently! I love it!

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      I’m glad you enjoyed my little story. I was thinking about you as I wrote it. I know you meet all kinds of interesting people while you are out and about with your children. I bet you have listened many times while people have shared their passions with you. It’s a wonderful way to learn, isn’t it?

    • Nancy Saffield
    • October 30, 2017

    I love that Sue, sounds like a conversation my son Nathan and I would have with a passing stranger on our nature walks. Lovely, I could totally picture it. Nancy

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      You and Nathan sound just like us. We talk to everyone while we are out on our adventures. People are so interesting and it’s good to stop and exchange a few words and learn something new. Thank you for reading my story. I’m glad you stopped by. I hope you have a happy week!

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    I love how in unschooling we have time for such questions, time to ask them and time for the types of activities that let the questions form in our minds.

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