V is for Viola, a large family of plants that includes the johnny jump up, pictured above. Viola is also my mother’s name. I never thought it was a very pretty name until I knew that johnny jump ups, violets and pansies were also Violas. Now I see the first violas in the garden centers and in my garden as a first sign of spring. I see the happy blue blossoms and I think about a mother of three sons looking into the blue eyes of her first daughter, born as winter approaches, and seeing spring, seeing sunny days, and joy. Now I think Viola is a name as beautiful as the flower.
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