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September 22, 2009

Honeysuckle

As'salamu Alaikum & Peace to any who visit!

According to the calendar the first day of Autumn will start, shortly before sunset today Insha Allah.  However, I think Summer is content to linger and heat up the days and nights.  There are numerous pleasures to living in an area with seasonal changes.  Watching the dance of nature as it transforms effortlessly into the next phase of life.   Subhan Allah...what a gift we receive each moment of the day from Allah (SWT).

The first time I experienced the sweet-scented fragrance of honeysuckle,  was growing up and playing in the warm (and often sweltering sun) with my friends.   "Momma West" was the name of this wonderful woman, whose home I would stay each summer.  She had this huge trellis of wild roses,  near the edge of her back yard.  LOL, not sure why the trellis was even needed...those roses had become a fixture of the backyard and our lives.

Now mind you,  as pretty as the roses were...it was the sweet-scented honeysuckle bushes that filled the air.  Oh, my friends and I somehow made this terrific discovery.   If you gently pinch the end of the honeysuckle and remove the stem, you will get this single crystal clear drop of nectar.  Al7amdulillah,  it was like free candy!   Except you needed almost 100 of them to satisfy you.

The memory that I remember most is the perfume smell of the honeysuckle at night.  All most every neighbor had honeysuckle bushes in some spot of their yard,  so the air was always filled with the sweet but never clinging smell.  I didn't smell my honeysuckle this summer...but the memories are forever fragrant.

Summer Notes from Nazeeha

                                                         

2 comments:

UmmHadiqah said...

As-salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatu Allahi wa Barakatuh,

Masha'Allah!

Okay, Mother of the Garden (3rd person) felt extremely compelled to reply!

Your story immediately reminded me of my childhood. When my mother went back to work after I started grade-school, I used to go to this place after school to wait on her.

Thinking back on it now, I shouldn't have been doing this...but my sister, the other children, and I used to get dozens of wild honeysuckles and feast on the nectar. I am sure we halfway poisoned ourselves, because they may have been treated with pest repellant.......but that doesn't take away my joy. Alhamdulillah. I still remember the moment someone told me that there was nectar that I could suck on inside of this beautiful flower. Ya Rabb! How can you deny the Power of Allah Subhana wa ta'ala. *tearing up*

Let me stop myself.

Love you,
Sis Umm Hadiqah

As-salaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatu Allahi wa Barakatuh

hijabandroses said...

Wa Alaikum As'salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

Nice to know you also took a trip down memory lane my Ukhti...never thought about the pesticide aspect. As children we just played and enjoyed with care free hearts.

Alhamdulillah always. {{{hugs}}}