Sweet Olives and Helen
by Erin Napier
We planted the sweet olive branch tree beside the porch when we bought our house, planning on dinners outside in the fall and spring where the scent of its sweet, rosey, citrusy blooms would be strongest. Helen's swing sits right beside it, and now I will always think of this, her quiet "wheee!" and the creak of the ropes when I smell it. It was hard to exactly duplicate that smell in our Laurel candle at but we nailed it and in the suffocating heat of midsummer when it seems like the sweet olives will never come back, I can light it and almost fool myself.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!