We used to have 12 rose bushes around the yard, but due to circumstances beyond our control we had to let them go. Hub used to cut them and bring them into the house each week. We had every color under the rainbow. Some of them died from disease, the others we had to pull out because we wanted the room for something else. Roses take a lot of work to keep them free from disease and because of time constraints and work and illness etc, we decided to give them up. Except for one lil scraggly one in the front. We thought it was going to die, but it just keeps on giving.
Here's the first bud getting ready to burst. When I saw it I smiled, then cried. (that's what I do lately as you all know). Each year, hub would go out and snip the very first rose and place it in a bud vase and leave it on the table for me. Every year!!! I've had a lot of first roses over time and this bud is my reminder of his love.
"There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go." ~Author Unknown