Roses #writephoto

Sue’s photo prompt today reminded me of the first bunch of roses Hubby Dearest gave to me when we were dating. He was a student, so they were never going to be the full-headed, huge, deep red blooms that you need to take a loan out to afford.

But they were roses, there was a dozen, they were red, and they were mine!

I was so touched, I wanted to keep them forever!

Remembering the advice of a friend, instead of trimming them, and sticking them in a vase, I used twine to secure the bunch and then hung them to dry, upside down.  They dried beautifully, with their little heads held high.  The colour faded. What aroma they had, disappeared. But they never failed to raise a smile, when I looked at them. I kept them for a few years, but they got to a state where they started to disintegrate, so I had to say goodbye to them…

Then, two weeks ago, at my parents, I found myself giving my mum the same upside down drying advice! Pops and mum had been away from each other for 5 weeks, as my brother sustained an injury, falling on ice in Finland, where he lives.  Mum went over to him to help out a bit, and Pops was left, home alone.  He keeps busy, but I know how much he missed mum! And when she arrived back, he bought her a beautiful bunch of roses, romantic old fool, my darling Pops!

When I went to visit, they had been sat there for 2 weeks in a vase and were still in amazing condition. Only one bloom was starting to droop. Mum proudly showed her flowers off, and as they were in such good nick, I suggested she dry them upside down, as a wonderful memory!

The photo immediately brought a thought of a haiku to mind, and here it is…

fog and roses 006

Withering away
Yet showing ageless beauty
Sparking memories

Ritu 2016

71 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Holistic Wayfarer
    May 21, 2016 @ 02:05:44

    Such wonderful men. =) They know how grateful they ought to be. 😉

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  2. sheldonk2014
    May 14, 2016 @ 18:41:32

    Hey Ritu
    Just dropped by to say hello
    I’ve been on the down low
    Too many things going on
    Not doing so well
    It’s a very long story
    To much to say now
    Maybe when things die down
    Hope all is well
    Lol
    Sheldon

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  3. Carol Balawyder
    May 07, 2016 @ 02:22:55

    I once had a shiatsu message and the therapist told me to buy one perfect rose and watch it bloom and then fade. Life is like that. I also love your haiku and your mother’s bouquet is beautiful.

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  4. The Canadian Cats
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 19:34:08

    What a great way to spark wonderful memories. Mom likes this idea. You don’t do anything special to the flowers just hang them upside down? For how long and where?

    Shoko and Jean

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  5. reocochran
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 17:11:29

    Such a loving and wonderful collection of memories wrapped up in a bouquet, Ritu. I am trying to catch up from time to time. My work is hectic and I am off havinr mini- adventures so work doesn’t drive me crazy! Thank you for all your recent Likes, dear. ❤

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  6. mbarkersimpson
    Apr 20, 2016 @ 19:45:36

    What a gorgeous memory – it brought a tear to my eye. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  8. fairytaleofasimplegirl
    Apr 17, 2016 @ 11:58:03

    Wow! This is just not a photo…rather a memory

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  9. Judy Martin
    Apr 16, 2016 @ 19:28:15

    Oh that is a lovely story sis. I love roses and I love your tip about drying them out. Beautiful haiku too! 🙂

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  10. joey
    Apr 16, 2016 @ 17:54:39

    For years and years I saved roses, until one day I didn’t. Thanks for reminding me of my own ‘sparkling memories’ Ritu!

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  12. incahootswithmuddyboots
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 17:45:46

    Wonderful way to preserve a special moment and being left with beautiful memories later on! 🌹

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  13. Fourth Generation Farmgirl
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 17:12:59

    Beautiful story and lovely memories, Ritu. You are a woman of many talents. 🙂 xo

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  14. D. Wallace Peach
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 17:06:30

    Lovely haiku, Ritu. A beautiful take on the prompt.

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  15. vanbytheriver
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 15:52:58

    Beautiful, Ritu. 🌹 🌷 💐

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  16. Ali Isaac
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 14:40:47

    Such a beautiful story, Ritu, what a lovely man your Dad is! And the verse is stunning. Xxx

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  17. Hugh's Views and News
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 12:08:06

    That’s a lovely romantic story, Ritu. Your Dad sounds like a true romantic. That’s so lovely to hear.

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  18. angelswhisper2011
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 08:47:56

    Beautiful story and memories…and the Haiku was very delicate ❤ Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤

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  19. Chris White
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 07:55:15

    There is something so beautiful about roses. As for those first roses … I never promised you a rose garden 🎶🎶🎵 springs to mind. I expect he has well made up for this by now.

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  20. Erika Kind
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 06:35:38

    Both stories ar so wonderful. You all are such a vivid proof of lived love. Then romance will always stay alive. Thank you for sharing this, sis. You know how I love that. And good morning😊

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  21. pranabaxom
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 05:12:01

    So sweet!

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  22. syl65
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 04:29:54

    Very touching Sister..wonderful memories to cherish.

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  23. amommasview
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 03:03:09

    Love your story, love your parents’ story!

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  24. ladyleemanila
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 02:02:59

    lovely story and haiku, Ritu 🙂

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  25. ladieswholunchreviews
    Apr 15, 2016 @ 00:02:16

    Oh, how lovely, both your story and your parents!

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  26. Shivangi
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 23:41:47

    So sweet Ritu… Lovely post!

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  27. Al Lane
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 23:09:05

    Sparkling memories. Lovely, Ritu!

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  28. Sue Vincent
    Apr 14, 2016 @ 22:46:34

    That really is a gorgeous story, Ritu 🙂 Thank you for sharing it. Love the haiku too 🙂

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