Climbing in the Lilac bushes

by James K. Sayre

When I was quite young, we moved to a large white house in suburban Ridgewood in northern New Jersey. When I was about age five or so, I discovered that I could climb a few feet off the ground in clump of tall Lilac bushes. "Hey, Mom, look at me!" And of course, she looked, wearily no doubt, and thought to herself, 'Is this all there is (to life)?' Of course, I was entranced with the sweet scent of lilac flowers. There are a few of them cultivated out in coastal California, but the best Lilacs seem to grow back east. As an adult, I now look at Lilac bushes and wonder how anyone, no matter how small, could possibly climb them; their branches are so thin and spindly.





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