A simple enough story but one which I know really upset my sister, and was I guess, her first look at how generosity can sometimes turn upsidedown and result in hurt on all sides. I'm not sure if Mum asked Ailsa to weed the garden or whether she just decided to be helpful but the fact was that she pulled out all the jonquil bulbs along the side of the house which would have made a glorious showing a few weeks later if left to bloom. I remember being surprised at how upset Mum was over this and how quiet Ailsa became for a few days before bouncing back as only she could do. I certainly never forgot the lesson "leave what's growing alone even if it's weeds!"
Marie: And yet another story!
It seems to be a trait of the elderly to tell stories and often repeat the same stories. As our family has a major Reunion in February 2015 I will tell a family story each day and NOT repeat it for 100 days. I will use christian names from our earlier generations as pseudonyms.