From white lilies to red roses

Posted February 16, 2011

From white lilies to red roses

On Valentine’s Day I attended a funeral. No reds or pinks; just a monochrome day of dark suits and white lilies.

The funeral was in Ireland which meant spending a few days away from home. When I got back I found that the fresh flowers in my living room were withered and drooping. And the herb pots on my kitchen window were gasping for water. I managed to revive the herbs but not the flowers.

Last night I went for something to eat at my local Indian restaurant. At the end of the meal the waiters handed me a couple of roses. I was thankful for the gesture even though they had obviously been intended for Valentine’s. I took them home and immediately placed them in water.

Today the buds are unfurling. Tomorrow they’ll be blooming.

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