Sunday, January 24, 2010

Roses for Remembrance

Roses are among the world's most beautiful flowers.

Roses are also for remembrance, aren't they? It doesn't matter what color they are, their beauty is unequaled.

When my mother was terminally ill, her will to live was stronger than medical predictions. She lived a lot longer than the doctors thought she would. During that painful time, when every second of life counted so poignantly, I drove weekends after a full work week to spend with her.

Along with my overnight bag, packed with toothbrush, make-up, and so forth, I also brought roses. Week after week, I'd always stop on my way to my mother's apartment to get her roses. White roses. Those were her favorites.

She loved them and always thanked me profusely. I liked to think they brought her joy all week long when I had to leave her.

Isn't it so much better to bring someone flowers while they are still living rather than after they are gone?

Anyway, today, in the dead of winter, when it seems like spring will never get here, the best cure for the blues is to go to the supermarket and buy roses! They come in so many colors and all are exquisite. Of course, they are an indulgence but we are worth it!

Pink roses are my favorite. Next time I see some, think I'll buy them.

What is your favorite color rose? Do you buy flowers for yourself?


Dayle said...

Roses are my favorite cut flower... all colors. Hubby does a great job of keeping them around, but, yes, I definitely buy flowers for myself. They make everything better.

Thank you for your generous comment, and best of luck with the Chicken Soup submission!! Keep me posted.

diane stetson said...

Roses are red...roses are blue, roses are the best flower in the world it's TRUE! xo

Susan Wicker said...

Hi Dayle! Oh, I'm so glad you buy flowers for yourself. That's wonderful. Thanks for the good wishes on the cat story submission. I'll let you know if anything happens. Sincerely, Susan from

Susan Wicker said...

Hi Di....Where did you ever see blue roses? ha ha I'd like to see them, if you ever find one! Thanks for visiting and your comment. Always, Susan

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Susan: I love flowers, especially roses. I never buy myself roses. I have almost 100 rose bushes, all I have to do is walk outside and one of them will have a gift for me. My husband will bring me some on occasion. They just seem to make me smile every time. Blessings, Martha

Susan Wicker said...

Ohhhhh,Martha. You are a very lucky woman, indeed. 100 rose bushes? Oh WOWSERS. Why oh why don't you take some pictures and put them on your blog? Do you have them in all colors? Did you plant all of them? You are blessed. Sincerely, Susan

Adrienne said...

I love roses but always buy myself carnations (which I love too)because they last so long.

My grandma always said "if you can't bring me flowers when I'm alive, don't bother when I'm dead." Wise woman!

And if you can't afford roses there are primroses to be had for 98 cents.

Alicia Isaacs said...

Hi Susan,

I love roses too. I don't have a favourite colour. I just love all roses. We also have roses growing at our gateway which is really awesome in spring and summer.

Have you ever seen purple roses? Years ago a co-worker's daughter created some purple roses. Not sure what they sprayed them with. But looked beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.


Susan Wicker said...

Hi Adrienne! Yes, your Gram was a wise woman. I, too, believe flowers are for the living! Thanks for your visit and comments. Have a great day! Sincerely, Susan

Susan Wicker said...

Hi Alicia...Happy you came to visit and commented. You know, I have seen purple roses, particularly around special holidays like Valentine's Day. I love all colors, too. Hope your day goes well today, Alicia. Sincerely, Susan

Linda O'Connell said...

Susan, no wonder I haven't heard from you in a while. You have been galavanting to these wonderful places. Your lovely photos and descriptions make me feel like I am on vacation. You have so much history and natural beauty in your state. And you do have a way with words.

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