Say it with flowers.

@eileenleyva (23461)
Philippines
May 4, 2021 2:32am CST
A beautiful childhood memory I have always loved brings me back to our home in Olongapo City. Our front yard has a pathway with San Francisco plants. Intertwined were unruly vines of sampaguitas that bloom tiny fragrant buds. I would pick those white buds till my hands were full, then ran to our long wooden banquet table at the common dining room and sew the soft little buds into a garland. Afterwards, my siblings and cousins and I would change into our white clothes. and leis in hand, we would ride the jeepney together to St/ Joseph's Church. There, we would sing traditional Marian songs while walking down the aisle to offer our flowers to Our Lady.
Songs to Mary, the Holy Mother of God. A collection of 10 Marian Hymns and Songs in honour of Mother Mary. This video is a collection of live recordings:1) S...
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@Belexhanns (1285)
• Kampala, Uganda
4 May
I like such memories too
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@eileenleyva (23461)
• Philippines
4 May
That's a happy memory of my childhood.
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• Kampala, Uganda
4 May
@eileenleyva I normally remember something too, I usually find myself laughing
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@eileenleyva (23461)
• Philippines
4 May
@Belexhanns That is true also to me. I find my self laughing alone.
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@erictsuma (6913)
• Mombasa, Kenya
4 May
Wow that's very nice of you
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@eileenleyva (23461)
• Philippines
4 May
I still offer flowers to our Lord and His Mother everyday. Blooms from my garden.
@erictsuma (6913)
• Mombasa, Kenya
5 May
@eileenleyva That's a very good my friend keep it up
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@eileenleyva (23461)
• Philippines
5 May
@erictsuma Not much but I love offering our God and Mama Mary flowers every day. Thank you very much.
@thelme55 (68044)
• Germany
4 May
I can relate to that sampaguita flowers made into a necklace. Nice songs.
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@eileenleyva (23461)
• Philippines
4 May
Yup. Sampaguita and Ilang-ilang are so fragrant I also make these flowers my natural perfume.
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@thelme55 (68044)
• Germany
4 May
@eileenleyva Yes, they were our natural perfume before.
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@eileenleyva (23461)
• Philippines
4 May
@thelme55 I still put a flower underneath my dress, on my collarbone, whenever I see sampaguitas.
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@RebeccasFarm (29062)
• United States
4 May
Oh this is super lovely Eileen. I love the hymns and the way you had described the lovely flowers and you We also made flower necklace but I do not know the name.
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@eileenleyva (23461)
• Philippines
5 May
Thank you. Now I feel I should plant sampaguitas again. Perhaps you have the jasmine flowers in America. Here, take a look.
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jasmine_flower_buds.jpg
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• United States
5 May
@eileenleyva Perhaps..I love the jasmine thank you
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@eileenleyva (23461)
• Philippines
6 May
@RebeccasFarm I have a male best friend who lives in New Zealand now with his family. Everytime we communicate, he would ask me first 'When was the last time you smell the flowers?' I have a Rosal plant (Gardenia in your continent) that is blooming fragrant white flowers this season. So I smell the flowers every day.
4 May
That is such a lovely memory and the music is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.
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@eileenleyva (23461)
• Philippines
4 May
My pleasure sharing. Thank you.
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