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July 19, 2013

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Flannista

About a month ago, the Sassistas! went to the National Arboretum and spent some time in its national bonsai collections. One bonsai had been in training since 1675. Seriously.

Then I noticed the one pictured here that had been in training since 1963, the year Matissta was born. And that it was a European olive bonsai that has been cultivated in the Mediterranean region "since antiquity" and "has edible shiny black fruits". And that Matissta is half Lebanese, etc., etc.

Why not have a bonsai as the image of a long and enduring life?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY MATISSTA!

Flannista

Here's a link for more information about the National Bonsai collection at the National Arboretum:

http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/bonsai.html

Flannista

I think it's only appropriate that Matissta's birthday bonsai image be accompanied by some birthday haiku. Please post them -- or anything you like.

[REMINDER: a haiku in general is a three-line poem, the first line having five syllables; the second with seven syllables and the last line with five syllables. 5-7-5]

Flannista

BONSAI BIRTHDAY

Matissta compared
to European Olive --
so cultivated!

Flannista

DEPTH DECEPTION

Matissta not like
the European bonsai!
Her roots, much deeper.

nowayasista

Your Big Day My Friend
Run Jump Shoot Out All The Lights
A Better Year Beckons

Matissta

I've never been compared to a bonsai. Leave it to Flann to find a connection. I wish I was as trim! (Ok, ok enough with the moaning.)

Thanks for the well wishes.

treesta

Good morning! Happy Birthday to you, Matiss. Enjoy your birthday and your birthday weekend!!
(Love noway's haiku, btw.)

PEACEsista

My little bonsai!
More wild than cultivated
Matiss at fifty

PEACEsista

only for Matiss
unique birthday endearment:
my little bonsai

Flannista

[Love your haiku, PEACE. Thanks for posting them.]

Flannista

[I also love this line in noway's haiku: "A Better Year Beckons"]

Matissta

Love the haiku as well. I'd like to say we're shooting out the lights this weekend, but we're laying low.

We're going to save our wild behavior for when we see PEACE and noway.

Missmysista

Birthday cake and wine
with Jem, Scout - super felines
and don't forget Huck!

Pachasista

Matiss is HOW Old??

Let me count the days:
Three hundred sixty-five times
Fifty -- Holy cow!

Flannista

Thanks so much, Missmysista, for haiku-ing the Catties and Huck for Matissta's 50th!

And as long as we're mentioning animals, Holy Cow, Pachasista, thank you for your haiku, too!

Matissta

Loving my haiku greetings today. Thank you, all.

Sista C

Matiss, enjoy your birthday weekend! We'll drink a toast to you!

Justista

Mattista is trained
Like the bonsai tree above
Except she's not gnarled

Justista

Happy Birthday you old broad!

Flannista

Yeah, CRONE UP, Matissta!

Always lovely to hear from you Sista C and Justista! Thank you for making Matissta feel special on her BIG 5-0 tomorrow!

Flannista

And you are correct, Justista . . . Matissta is NOT gnarled.

PEACEsista

more like a wild thing
Matissta turning fifty
than some dumb old tree

PEACEsista

"Wild thing you make my heart sing" is seven syllables. It may be too old a song for Matiss to remember. Flann, you can complete the rest of the haiku ... Maybe in private... But one line should surely be:

"Speak French to me, Tish!"

asista

Keep up the training
The day is here for cheering
Celebrate the year

Happy Birthday!

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