...to Angie's post,
over at Bring the Rain.
Here's an excerpt~
"...How about you, Ellie? Got a favorite?"She watched as the houses passed us and then a few seconds later I heard her say quietly, "That one, mommy. That one is my favorite. It's the prettiest one on the whoooole street. That's what I think.""Oh, I see it! Those pink leaves are such a cool color, aren't they? I would wear one of those behind my ear for a date with daddy!""No, momma. Not that one. The one next to it."I slowed down the car because I hadn't really seen one next to it. I asked her where she was looking."There. Right there."I made a confused face and looked at her in the rearview mirror."I think it's dead mommy. It doesn't have anything on it. But it's the prettiest one."I just sat and waited, fascinated by the fact that out of everything we were looking at, that was the one she chose."Tell me more, hon.""Well...it looks dead, but I love it because everyone picks the fancy ones and that one might be keeping a secret. Maybe it's flowers haven't come out yet, or maybe it's just pretending to be dead. Nobody knows what that one is going to do. So I think it's the most beautiful."
It is worth the time it'll take to "head on over" and read the rest.