Recently, sitting on a porch step comically musing how a grown-up can get so dirty, I was struck by the parallels between flowers and friendships, an especially poignant parallel after a recent high school reunion.
F – Friends and flowers portray fun and surprises, comfort and encouragement, showing up in a variety of colorful packages, no bows necessary.
L – Love is evident and enduring in both,; their presence is proof, no words needed.
O – Obstacles abound to destroy both. Too much time between tendings takes a toll but can’t eliminate the desire to survive.
W – Weeds and wild flowers are everywhere, though it is not necessarily a bad thing to be wild and difficult to tame. Beauty can thrive in spite of negativity and toxicity. A keen eye is necessary.
E – Embracing moments of togetherness is encouraged so as to take full advantage of the sun and rain as it comes. We enjoy the ephemeral parade of friends and flowers.
R – Roots run deep, feeding the ties that bind.
S – Seasons come and go. Cold, lonely dreary times are fleeting, making way for warmth, colors and companionship to celebrate the cycles with tranquil joy.
May we continue to cherish our gardens of flowers and friends. One reseeds and outgrows its fences. The other blooms brightly even as its boundaries shrink.