Treasure Chest Thursday — Begotten Begonia


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Click here to contact SoundEagle (Web Administrator and Designer)SoundEagle says: How wonderful it is to have living things as family heirlooms! Thank you, Bayside Blog, for sharing your story, and may the begonia line be unbroken!

Originally posted on Bayside Blog:

Customs officials, take note that this post is based on legend and not necessarily fact.

100_3828My maternal grandfather was an Army officer and was twice stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, with his young family. On one of these tours of duty, family lore has it that my grandmother, Grace, became besotted with a begonia of such beauty, she simply had to have one of her own. And when it came time to make the journey back to the United States, that begonia was coming with her, come hell or high water.

Her solution: to smuggle cuttings of that begonia in her suitcase — amidst her unmentionables — during the journey (by boat, no less) back across the Atlantic.

100_3829To this day, nearly every female member of my family has at least one descendant of that immigrant begonia potted on a windowsill or taking root in in a jar. One of my…

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