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Good Father Damien

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Father Damien had been a priest at the parish affectionately known as The Triangle for 7 years as of today. The Triangle was called such due to the triangle shape of the church and because of the triangle-shaped property it sat on at the intersection of Larry, Moe, and Shemp Streets.

There are many people who believe that priests are priests and that’s all that they are. In Father Damien’s case they would be wrong. Father Damien had been a naturalist, a photographer, and a gardener from a very early age. His parents and grandparents bequeathed all three things to him, and he thanked God every day for his charmed life as a cultivator of souls and plants.

When Father Damien arrived at the Triangle, he began laying his plans out for the gardens and factoring the cost into the annual church budget. He loved perennials, shrubs, ornamental trees, and charming garden statues. The first year he bought birch, dogwood, and ninebark bushes, lilies of several varieties and colors, vinca vine, sedum, and alyssum along the edges,  hollyhocks, delphinium, and foxglove for the back border, and snapdragons and petunias as the changing annuals each year for between. Once he had all of the plants purchased and planted he went searching for the perfect garden statuary. He really wanted to get a Buddha statue as he felt he was a Buddhist at heart, but he decided instead to go with the more adorable kitten statue. It was so well-done, it looked like an actual kitten.

All in all, Father Damien was pleased with how things turned out. He took many photos and compiled them in a powerpoint slide show. The first Sunday in June was the garden’s “open house”. Father Damien could not recall how many people said to him, “The garden looks nice this year.” but it was a lot.  He smiled and said, “With God, all things are possible.” each time.

In the winter time, Father Damien made sure to present his slideshow presentation to the congregation, to remind them of what they had enjoyed in the past and to look forward to what they would enjoy in the future.

The End.

Fandango’s FOWC is factor, the Word of the Day Challenge is charming, Paula’s 3 Things Challenge words are birch, priest, triangle , and Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompts are the sentence, “The garden looks nice this year.” and the photo.










11 thoughts on “Good Father Damien

      1. Ah, I would never presume, but there was a definite resonance, and strangely, a parallel. We’re on a very slow garden redevelopment with hardly any budget. 🙂 thank you for the honour of that.

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