(This post is a continuation of the last - I'm having to do that with anything over a couple of paragraphs for some reason.)
And that stuff about the lilac underpinning the story in a way a single writer could never achieve:
"...and try to convince my Lilac bushes that they want to move before the Bulldozer comes."
"I've dug up, moved, shaken and pruned many lilac bushes in my time and I have found them to be very resilient. In fact, they've become stronger and more beautiful ..."(Lyrical Lady)
"And now about the lilacs...I've tried moving them and it's EXTREMELY difficult because they have such STRONG roots." (Mary in Kentucky)