March 25, 2020
Before Austin’s shelter-in-place (i.e., stay-at-home) order went out yesterday, I grabbed my camera and hopped in the car with our Italian high-school exchange student to find a nice field of bluebonnets a friend had told me about. We soon located a denim-blue field of dreams.
As it happens, it’s an excellent year for our state flower, and it pains me a little to know that I won’t be making a wildflower safari this spring, my annual ritual. But defeating the coronavirus is a group effort, and I plan to comply. Let’s all work together to shut down this disease!
But back to the lupines. Keeping to ourselves — no one else was around anyway — we carefully stepped around the flowers, she found an open spot to sit, and I snapped her first-ever (maybe only-ever) photo in a patch of bluebonnets. A rite of passage for every Texan, even a temporary one! Now I can rest easy knowing my duty as a host mom is complete. (If you’re wondering, she will be with us until a safe flight home can be arranged for her and other Italian exchange students in the U.S.)
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