Lirio, (Water Hyacinth) FOTD, at 5:55:55 A.M., Sept 18, 2021

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For the past year, I have frequently looked at the clock at 1:11 or 5:55 or checked out views and found them at 444. This repetition of numbers happens countless times a day to the point where it has become eerie. But this is the first time it has gone to six digits! Here is proof:

Don’t know what it means.  I also realized yesterday that today would be the 20th anniversary of my husband Bob’s death, so Bob, these lirio flowers are for you!

The lake is filling up with lirio (water hyacinth) again. They’ve had to dredge or poison it a number of times since I moved here 20 years ago as in time it inhibits the passage of fishing boats and numerous people have drowned because they got trapped underneath it. Just last year a man drowned when he went into the water to reclaim a ball his children had mistakenly kicked into the water. Sad.  

Bob, too, lies in this lake as when he died, his kids all came down and one of his sons took the remainder of Bob’s ashes out in his kayak that he had hoped to use in this lake. Sadly, he died before we could move down so I brought his ashes down in the toe of his kayak lashed to the top of our van.  R.I.P. Bob. 

For Cee’s FOTD

10 thoughts on “Lirio, (Water Hyacinth) FOTD, at 5:55:55 A.M., Sept 18, 2021

  1. Dale T Wilson

    Oh, Judy, these images, references attached to Bob’s passing are deeply touching. An image arises: Lichen growing on a shaded tree trunk whose beauty adorns its growth. Like you, numbers, particularly 1:11, call my attention. Always, it’s a reminder (for me) of gratitude for what is & has been and the call for grace to endure.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I can’t figure out what it is a sign of but it occurs so frequently–at least a couple of times a week and sometimes once a day. This has never happened before, but perhaps now that I’ve become aware of it I just notice it. Are you in Maine or Florida now? We continue to have rain and gloomy weather. The hot water pool and hot tub help. Got up at 5:55:55 today and went in, as you know. It felt good to have a long uninterrupted time to do my pool exercises, then my houseguests got up hours later and went in as well.

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      1. Georgia

        That happens to me a lot too. I love it. Or other numbers like 10:01, 12:21.
        And there was Bob. I loved spending all that time, the three of us at your house with 5 or 6 art studios. Drumming, telling stories, laughing. Gathering rocks on the Klamath River for the lamps you and Bob made. Some of the best times of my life. ❤️ Georgia

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          I agree, Georgia. The three of us were such good playmates. I miss that. I have playmates here but not as dedicated as you always were to making everything into an art experience. Too bad we don’t live closer. Duckie just Skyped me a few days ago and said, “Look at your number of WordPress followers!” It was at 5,555. I had just remarked to him a few days before that something had occurred at exactly 5:55—my first time for that triple. I have lots of 222’s and 444’s. And 777:s.

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  2. SAM VOELKER

    Please forgive me for this Judy, your memorial post to Bob was beautiful~!!, but I had similar feeling as Dale when I saw your photo of the Water Hyacinths which immediately brought other thoughts about that plant. I see your relationship to the hyacinth flower being a token to Bob’s memory, but unfortunately the photo also brought other thoughts to me as well..

    Sorry but I have seen you mention of Bob several times in your writings, and I came to a different picture of him, but not terribly aggressive as the hyacinth plant is, but rather a quiet unobtrusive person, complex, strong and popping up unannounced, with something fantastic to view, then quietly going back to sleep. As with lichen~! He sleeps unnoticed then suddenly he comes back, even if it is 5:55:55 in the morning~!

    The water hyacinth has a most beautiful flower with a fantastic aroma, but it LIVES on, GROWING~! and causes problems, with bad thoughts to me, and many others.

    In the 30’s after the people of Louisiana brought in the Nutria (RAT) it became a pest eating anything and everything around and no natural predator. So the great (dumb) idea of giving it other things to eat, the water hyacinth came to them, and they brought that in; a beautiful, fast growing (invasive) plant, and not only did it NOT do away with the nutria, it became a bigger pest~! It GREW, oh how it GREW, it filled all the bayous lakes ponds etc and soon we realized that this beautiful flower had very bad ways, in fact, it was a damn pest, just like the Nutria~!

    But with Lichen, it sleeps, it does not bother anyone or anything, because it silently lives off the same air that we breath, and sleeps; with only the moisture of the air given to it, until it BLOOMS~!… It pops up only when the weather is bad in a strange and unexpected way, reminding us: “we are still here, though you thought we were gone~!” Please forgive me for thinking this, but my observation of your memories of Bob appear to be this way~!

    So maybe I should “butt out” and I should think about Kudzu, it has a nice flower as well, but it too has a back story~!

    My time of memories is March 5th at three o’clock in the morning, and I wake up at that time many times a week throughout year.

    In addition, an invasive plant, has also been on my mind over the past week also with very bad memories. It is called “Snow On The Mountain” and is in full bloom right now. The first year after Shirley came to Texas, she admired those beautiful white flowers spread out all over the place. So on a trip, I stopped the car, ran out, and picked a large bouquet of them for her. What terrible memories~! She was deathly allergic to them and broke our in a terrible rash. So flowers can bring memories to the observer, but not necessarily the same for everyone in the same way~!

    THE BEAUTY OF POETRY AND NATURE

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      You are very perceptive and have Bob conceptualized to a “T.” The reason I think of him when I walk next to the lake is because he is now a part of it. And, like the lirio, you have to take the bad with the good. Yes, it is incredibly invasive. They actually put three manatees in the lake to try to control the lirio but superstitious locals saw them as evil monsters and killed them. This is the story I’ve been told by locals. I don’t know if it is true.

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      1. SAM VOELKER

        I felt bad with my negative views on what was a beautiful thought, there are some things that brings out the bad thoughts in me~!.. I saw your point very well, and feel that it is how you are thinking, I just added my two cents into it.. You have already seen how I too often have the negative with the positive… When I go to the store, I pass a huge field of Snow on The Mountain, and instead of bringing the joy that Shirley had in first seeing it, I always think about her breaking out all over due to a dumb act that I did~!

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  3. Cee Neuner

    Chris and I have a thing about time and love to see the numbers add up. 5:55am is one of our favorites for a lot of reasons. 10:10 is chris’s favorite time for some reason. We know we are in sync when things like that happen. We just look at each other and smile 😀

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