Friday, May 8, 2009

About two years ago, a friend of Joe and I died of breast cancer. I am able to call her a friend even though we only met a couple of times. She was that kind of person. She made you feel like she liked you and that you were her friend right from the start. I didn't even know she had breast cancer until after she passed away.

When Joe and I attended her remembrance celebration, we, along with all the other guests, were given a plant to take home. We were told it was her favorite flower. I was a little nervous about taking it because as much as I try, I don't seem to have much of a green thumb. It seemed sad to me to take the plant that had so much meaning and emotion attached to it home and then have it die. I planted it in my backyard, underneath our lemon tree. I've planted numerous things there over the years, all unsuccessfully. It somehow survived over the last two years. Sometimes looking on the verge of death, all yellow and brownish colored, and other times seeming to come back to life with nice green leaves. In all the time we'd had it however, it did not bloom.

Then, about two weeks ago, I was washing dishes and looked out my kitchen window and saw the prettiest white flower on it! It has had a new bloom on it almost every day since. The blooms only last a day or two, but there is almost always at least one flower on it.

I've never really been one to attach meaning to seemingly unrelated events, but this happening now, when I'm waging my own battle against breast cancer seemed to me a sign of hope and encouragement. So, Barbara, if you're out there, thank you.

Martha



4 comments:

Cheela said...

Martha,
I believe that there are definitely signs out there and I think this is one of them!!! I can't keep any plant alive either. This is a sign from a higher power I think!

velvet brick said...

Oh Martha, I sooo agree with Cheela! What a wonderful sign - meant just for you to have discovered first! : ))
xox
Carol

N-Search of Peace said...

I so love the UNIVERSE!
Continue to heal and be...
With love in my heart to you dear friend!
N-Peace

Dottie said...

I totally believe the flower truly is an omen of good things to come, Martha!! Besides, with all of us by your side, pulling for you every step of the way . . . how could it possibly NOT be so?!??! :o) You are still our heroine full of such beauty and grace, Martha!!! We're still right by your side, where we've always been, dear friend!!! Lots of love, Dottie