Lollipop Trees and Hand Sanitizer

On the wall next to our kitchen table is a print titled “Lollipop Trees.” I bought it from World Market a few months ago and it adds a bit of fun to that space. Our kitchen table is basically the center of our home because that is where we eat dinner as a family, the kids do their homework, we play games, do crafts, and on and on.

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It also made me wonder if the kids will always remember this “lollipop” canvas as a focal point in our home. There was an oil painting of a farm in the living room of my parent’s house and I have such a vivid recollection of the brown brush strokes on the barn and the way the sky looked dreamy. I probably looked at that painting every day. Then, there was the beautiful green glass salad bowl my Mom put on the table for every meal. And the heavy Uncle Sam metal bank. I would place a penny in the hand and push the lever to watch it drop into a tiny tax bag. It was pretty funny. Isn’t it strange the things we remember most?

I was telling Daniel these stories about my childhood and all the little things I will always remember about Grandma’s and Grandpa’s house. I then asked him what HE’D remember most about OUR house. I asked him if he thought it would be the “lollipop tree” picture.

He was quiet as he scanned the room. I saw him look around quizzically and then his eyes flashed open wide and he said, “THAT! That hospital hand sanitizer! I’ll always remember that!”


Well, it may not be whimsical or sentimental, but that kid sure has pegged his Mama. (Sigh.)