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Blooming forest plant prompts sweet memory

Blooming forest plant prompts sweet memory
A bright yellow blossom in the Angeles National Forest caught writer Reg Green’s eye one day last week, reminding him of a comment he once made to his daughter. (Reg Green)

A few years ago when my daughter Eleanor, then in her early 20s, was working in England, I stayed at her apartment overnight and early the next morning walked with her to the little station where she caught a train for London.

We started off alone on a gray morning under leaden skies but people going to the station began to appear from side streets so in the end we were part of a stream all heading in the same direction.

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I noticed something she had mentioned before, that they were all wearing dark clothes — gray, brown, dark green — while she was in a bright yellow dress. I told her she looked like a flower floating downstream, the only splash of color on the 10-minute walk.

One day last week in the national forest, the glimpse of a single blossom brought that engaging scene back to mind.

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