Manita Linda & The Garden

This is a special day. My friends, Teresa (red flower), Dante (Beaver) & Amie (Yellow/orange flower) joined me on my trip to the Garden.  Today, my friends and I met a group of Lilies!  Lilies grow all around Illinois.  Every year, many American lilies meet up in Iowa at the North American Lily Society.  They have a ball!  I can just imagine them – Lilies from all around, some from other parts of the world – getting together, dancing and laughing in a symphony of colors!  The Lilies told us they come in all sorts of colors, such as pink, yellow, shades of red, orange, white, and some are  two-colored!  Can’t you just see the rainbow ball!  The Lilies told us that we visited them at the right time because they’re in full bloom in the summer! (Although it was a hot day, we kept cool because a gentle giant Maple tree gave us wonderful shade!)

What are your favorite flowers? In what beautiful and vibrant colors do they bloom?

(Info about Lilies and Maples from: Illinois Gardener’s Guide by James A. Fizzell (Revised Edition) ©2002,  p.58 & 187)

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Meet Puchito

This is Puchito, my grandma’s puppy. Puchito is Spanish slang for “buddy”.  I love to play with Puchito.  We are playing on my mom’s lap. When I was little I lived in Puerto Rico, an island in the Caribbean. Another name for Puerto Rico is Borikén. Borikén rhymes with friend. Will you be my friend?

Hello! I’m Manita Linda

Manita Linda, which means “cute little hand” in Spanish, is a unique little girl who eagerly explores the world around her with curiosity and excitement. Sometimes she encounters cruelty, and at other times she finds all the beauty the world has to offer.
 
Manita Linda was born different than other children. It is through her physical differences and her own personal experiences interacting with others that the world will view itself reflected in many positive and negative ways . Through it all, Manita Linda brings beauty, joy, laughter and happiness to everyone she encounters with her artistic creativity and courageous heart.
 

Manita Linda will speak to the world through her day to day life adventures. She will explain to others what it feels like to be different and how every individual’s differences make each one of us unique and special. She will also discover that we all have our difficulties, even the most “perfect” amongst us.

Manita Linda will find that she has more to contribute to the world than she could ever imagine. She will show the world that being “perfect” is not the solution to all of our problems. Everyone’s individual differences make each one of us unique in our own special way…So, if we work together to love and understand each other for who we are and not our physical makeup, together, we can achieve unimaginable goals and see all the wonders of the world through the eyes of others.