When I would walk to the store as a girl during the summer down the road that we called the goat trail (long, narrow, windy, and bumpy!), I would always stop along the way, on the way back home and gather a bunch of wildflowers for Mom.
I would borrow a tulip, carnation, camellia, or rose from the fringe of our neighbor's properties, but my favorite was the forget-me-not (the Alaskan State Flower). It's friendly blue and white face, and diminutive size made it look surreal, as if it were from a hidden faery kingdom. Even the unassuming dandelion made it into the bouquet, which would be neatly tied up with a long stalk of grass.
Mom would display the impromtu arrangement in a crystal vase on the dining room table or in the breakfast nook. But her favorite were the forget-me-nots! I would make it a point to bring her a bundle of forget-me-nots to let her know that I loved her. There was always a vase waiting for them.
Flowers to me, represent love demonstrated. I loved it as the Mother of young kids, when they would pick a handful of dandelions from the yard. I would proudly display them on the table as if they were 2 dozen roses. They were picked with love and to this day, the most beautiful flowers I have ever gotten.
When I would walk from the bus stop home from work during the spring and summer when we lived in Seattle, I would create an bouquet for my youngest daughter and present it to her at the door. We now buy each other flowers as we do not have anyone else in our lives that does it for us.
Dad has a rose garden of over 50 varieties and grew them for my Mother. During the summer we had vases filled with roses of all colors and fragrance. I have some of these bushes in my own garden now.
To this day, I plant forget-me-nots in my garden to remind me that love continues to grow and bloom in my life. Even though Mom has been gone for several years now, and Dad nearly a year, I can still remember the joyful expression in her face as she received them.
Thank you for reading and sharing this with me.
May your life be filled with love each day!