Returning home late Sunday night, Marash Girl was greeted by her lilac bushes in full bloom -- lilacs, the flowers that Marash Girl's mother Jennie loved the best. The lilac bushes had been gifted to Marash Girl by her children on Mother's Day a number of years ago, the bushes then small, unassuming, flowerless . . . now in full bloom. Author Claire Merrill once titled her children's book, A Seed Is A Promise. Marash Girl would like to paraphrase that by noting that a small plant is a promise, and the promise has indeed been fulfilled!