Wednesday, March 11, 2009



My mother was thirteen
(She'd now be called a 'teen')
When a little baby sister came along.
She was allowed to name her
Choosing something that became her,
And Auntie felt that what she chose was wrong!

'Not Violet Gwendoline!
How could you have been so mean!
Now I'm stuck with it!' the little sister pouted!
But my mother paid no heed
And completely disagreed;
'It's a lovely name; there's just no doubt about it.'

'I'll shorten it to 'Vi';
That way I'll get by!
I just can't live with Violet you see!'
So just 'Vi' she then became,
Quite a simple little name,
And she was always 'Auntie Vi' to me.

When her wedding-day arrived
Echoes from the past survived,
And violets were scattered everywhere.
Her dress and bouquet too
Were a lovely violet hue;
She'd realised it had a certain flair.

One bridesmaid, I recall,
Was two years old and small,
Dressed all in mauve and proud as she could be.
I recall her little bonnet,
And bouquet with violets on it.
Yes, I know you've guessed....
That little girl was me!


photowannabe said...

I love this post. I love violets and my Mothers name was Violet. She always went by Vi too.
You were a darling flowergirl.

Winifred said...

A very fitting tribute. They look lovely, so happy.

Love your bridesmaid's bonnet. My those bridal bouquets must have weighed a ton.

Kat said...

Violet is a beautiful colour.
So must be all associated people..!!!

Kat said...

sorry... sorry... I nearly missed seeing the toddler's picture.

You've not changed much :)

Sistertex said...

Very nice...really very nice in every way.

Cheryl said...

Sweet violet post. Lovely poetry that just sings along.

Betty said...

I enjoyed seeing that wonderful wedding picture. You were adorable! I think Aunt Vi's name was very nice.

Anonymous said...

What fun! You are the youngest bride's maid I have heard of. I really enjoyed getting to meet your Aunt Vi.

Teresa said...

This is so wonderful! Such a great personal violet story.

GardenOfDaisies said...

I think it's a beautiful name! And that picture of you as a two year old is a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e.!!!

Terra said...

I am glad you shared this story, I though it was quite cool how it all came full circle!!!

DesignTies said...

Adorable poem!! I think Violet is actually a really nice name, and I wouldn't mind if my parents had named me that :-)


Susan Anderson said...

I LOVED this. And the picture is a treasure.


Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

cute poem!

Jenny said...

What an enchanting post. This was lovely. So poignant and poetic.

Ssshhhh... please don't tell the other students but this has been my favorite post on Rainbow Summer School so far.

I thank you so much for linking this.