Lilacs are something that I spent many adult years without, but now that I have a big, flowery lilac bush in my backyard, it makes me wonder why. Why did I wait so long to have my own! My mother-in-law bought this one for me several years ago, and this is the first year that it's been full of flowers. They smell so fresh, like spring, like childhood, like mothers, like grandmothers. Like a happy home.