Where did all the flowers go?

My mother was always the one who wanted to beautify the world.

The grass had to be evenly trimmed all over the property.

She had her elderberry bushes placed perfectly, so she could picked every berry off the bush. She had her lilac bushes surrounding the yard to block out the traffic. They were placed with precision and had she put heads on them, you would think they were soldiers standing in a row. They were perfectly laid out and trimmed. When dad put central air conditioning into the house, she was upset that the AC unit interfered with her landscape. She didn’t like the idea that all of her hard work was being marred by the ugly AC unit. Dad asked her if she wasn’t the one who wanted air conditioning in our home and she said yes. He told her that along with air conditioning, there was going to be some changes. One of the changes, and an obstacle, was the outdoor AC unit. She had to put up with it or have the air conditioning go away. I could see she thought about losing the air conditioning, but she finally succumbed and told him she wanted the air conditioning. A couple months later, she had flowers and bushes planted all around the air conditioning. She had bought a book that told her how to take care of the air conditioning unit. When dad told her about the plants, she told him that there was nowhere in the book that said she couldn’t plant near the air conditioning. She had made a path between the air conditioning and the row of bushes. It had plenty of air space and you could get back to it easily, but she no longer had to look at it.

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