Every year in Boston, Mother’s Day coincides with Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum. I’ve heard the event can get quite crowded, so we’ve avoided it. In particular, parking can be a nightmare. But this year was different. Mother’s Day was supposed to be gray and wet, so we decided to take advantage of the less than stellar forecast and had no trouble finding a parking place.
The lilacs were not quite at peak bloom, but the ones that had bloomed smelled lovely. And there was ample room to take a moment and really breathe them in.
The Vachette got bored, so her father ran after her as they sword-fought imaginary bad guys, leaving me to enjoy the 300+ lilac plants on my own. That’s when I noticed this young lilac plant that was set up to be planted.
I asked one of the nearby staff members about the lilac plant, and he told me it was about to be planted by MARTY WALSH, the mayor of Boston!
And there he was. I have to admit I felt a little starstruck when he shook my hand. I’ve been a fan of the mayor even since he asked people to stop jumping out of windows last year during the height of our record breaking snowfall.
Here he is, in the purple sweater, with his Irish mother and the director of the arboretum.
A staff member set up the plant for final planting and then explained to the mayor how he continue.
And then he tweeted about his contribution to the lilac collection, or a member of his staff did. I must say his photographer got a more flattering picture of his horticultural work than I did.
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) May 8, 2016
The Vachette clearly was not as excited about seeing the mayor as her mother.