He gave me a flower
Not out of love nor infatuation
But it was required at his job
As ladies paid for their purchases,
It made it no less special
Because in its simplicity
Sitting alone on a window sill
It was beautiful.
I see the fullness of red hue
Against the cold blue-white extreme beyond,
Sixteen below yet warm within,
A bloom of life that gives a smile.
Letters sent across miles,
Pretty print of heartfelt words
Eager to return gestures of selfless joy,
Hand penned cards from a heart of gratitude,
Stamped and ready to fly back
To a kind soul now a friend.
Sitting by a fire blazing,
In the shadows of night we while away time
Talking and being
Connected at the heart
And this day we said I do,
With no regrets as time passes
The importance of loving with the heart and soul,
Of taking time to relish the special moments,
Through better and worse believing
That this day, like all days
Should be held sacred and special,
That love will rise and shine a special light
If we only open our eyes
To the simplicity of love.
I came across the picture as my wonderful husband was sorting our memories and it made me smile, in the simplicity of days where you never knew where life would take you, to stop and smell the flowers, to enjoy the life you make, to love yourself no matter what and to spread beauty and light to the world when possible. Photo taken at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina while enduring bi-weekly bouts of chemo. Cancer free ten years now and married for seven as of today. Happy anniversary and still, Life is Good. Love you more!