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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday's Sentiments: A Tribute to my G'pa (Albert Elmer Herman Lewis Melahn)

The photograph atop this entry is one you might recognize, dear reader, for it has been featured in many of my blog posts here on Blogger (including one of first entries which was in 2010) when I've referenced my maternal grandfather (Albert Elmer Herman Louis Melahn), the man featured in this picture. Last Sunday would have been his one hundred and sixteenth birthday had he not died at the age of sixty-nine.

I think of him on countless occasions, but he was especially on my mind yesterday when I was at The Conservatory Gardens in Central Park and came upon the peonies featured in  the next set of images.

My grandfather introduced to this awesome flower when I was nearly three years old.

In the next well worn photo, a partial view of his hand can be seen midway to the right, holding the peony from a shrub which grew in his yard and that I was sniffing.

Years upon years later, I had a Tree Peony of my own growing in my rooftop garden; a few images of it can be seen in the following photographs.

My Paeonia suffruiticosa (Tree Peony) is featured in volume one of my three volume book series, Words In Our Beak.


The stories are set in my rooftop garden and told from the perspective of a female cardinal (Cam), who is featured on the covers of each book. Cam was named for my maternal grandparents, Clara and Albert Melahn.

Just as an aside: As of this posting, Father's Day will be here in less than one month's time; and you may want to consider giving these books to anyone that you know who happens to be a father or a grandfather. After all, Father's Day is for the birds as evidenced by the male cardinal (Mac) seen in the photo below spending time with his daughter (Peanut).

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