OUR FIRST SPRING in Kamloops, back in 2013, came with a big surprise: lilacs! Everywhere you looked and lots of them, from majestic old trees to wee starter shrubs: We had landed in Lilac City! (I grew up immersed in lilac every spring and had searched for ‘lilac places’ since.)
Our first home in Kamloops was on Nicola street, towards the east end. Come spring I’d walk the back lanes just so I can see all the wondrous flowers hanging heavy and fragrant. Again and again, until the season was over.
Soon after we moved in August 2012, I met our neighbour who lived across the street. I was to cherish her presence, her wit and wisdom, and somehow because of one magical visit we had during lilac season (among many other visits before and after,) these flowers will always remind me of her.
And it is that time of the year. Our neighbour passed a while ago, but she will always be part of our Kamloops story. Among the few precious keepsakes she had gifted me during the time I knew her, is a magical visit which I shared, with her permission, back in 2013 and I am sharing once again below.