Jun. 7, 2017

common elder, Sambucus canadensis

My almost old maid great aunt Grace married Charles in her seventies. She was old enough to have partly grown up in the 1800s. She could provide a window into a time none of us can ever see. On one visit, when I think I was at most twelve, she served elderberry pie. She knew that even then I was interested in such things. The first few bites weren't bad. Pretty soon I was looking for somewhere else to put it. I remember eying the nearby house plant. I wish she could have known how long I would remember the day. Or maybe she did. Elder grows in every state, and in BC, MB, NB, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Miami-Dade Co FL, 1/26/13.