|Mary Denman Photography: Anne Brontë quote|
Most every loves a rose. They are beautiful flowers. Lovely creatures.
But you can't enjoy them fully without dealing with their thorns.
Yes, you can buy thornless roses where someone else has broken them off. But you just can't grow roses or pick them without encountering the thorns.
Roses demand work.
Protection from bugs.
The right soil.
The right moisture.
But the end result is a sweet smelling beauty. A captivating loveliness.
|My beautiful mom. . .|
There are people whose lives have a fragrant beauty to them.
They didn't achieve that by lives that are easy and simple.
My mother was one of those people. She suffered a stroke that threatened to overwhelm her and cause her to want to give up the fight.
I'm beyond grateful she didn't give up fighting. She pushed through paralysis on her right side and learned to write, eat and live with her left hand. She learned to speak again. To walk again with a cane.
She did it all with grace. With learning to laugh at herself. With letting us love her and help her through it.
My mom was a beautiful rose adorning the garden of my life. Her beauty stood out even more because of the suffering she lived through.
I told her once I didn't think I could ever go through what she went through.
"Mary, you can get through anything God takes you through. He'll give you the grace when you get there."
Mom, thanks for being an exquisite rose in my life. For blooming in the midst of the thorns of physical pain that followed you to the end.
Who in your life is a beautiful rose?
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