Flowers and Friends

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.

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About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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