Friday, November 26, 2010

A Rose Is a Rose

A Rose Is a Rose by Nancy Medina

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A Rose Is a Rose is another step forward in the rose journey that has been under way for a few months in Flower Mound Studio. What to name a red rose in a red pot? Rose on rose came to mind, and then Shakespeare was the next logical thought. I chose journalism as my professional trade as soon as I finished college, but my love of books and words came much earlier. My mother used to read stories to my sisters and I and all of our friends every day at naptime. I remember seeing her in the rocking chair with my baby sister Jackie in her arms, and a book propped in her lap. She read quietly, and confidently, and she gave every word the ability to pull me into another place. She started with What's For Lunch Charlie, then Gordon the Goat, and then the Raggedy Ann and Andy adventures, which were read to us one chapter at a time. I remember the lollipop trees and the soda fountains, and candy hearts sewed into the chests of these two little dolls. She read Shel Silverstein to us, and I remember particularly Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Mom is still in the hospital this week. Each small step in her recovery from pneumonia is cheered and measured by whether she ate today, how much, did she want to sit up, and did she have a few moments when she wanted to talk and laugh. Each day I get to the hospital and tell her what she has missed on her favorite channel, MSNBC, and explain how the Korean conflict is escalating, so she needs to get home soon, yell at the TV, and straighten things out again. My reward is a smile, or a small chuckle. I hope she will be home soon, we are holding off on a real Thanksgiving until then. It's her favorite holiday, and it will be the best Thanksgiving we've ever had, if we can have it with her again, at the kitchen table in her house on the farm.

I hope all of your loved ones are well and happy this season. Cherish the time you have with them.

10 comments:

Linda Popple said...

Your rose is gorgeous and your commentary is a nice memory shared. I hope your mother is better soon and your Thanksgiving at the farm is a joyous occasion.

Marie Theron said...

I must learn how to paint roses like that, I'm serious! As far as names go, I think of your studio as "A Flower Haven". Thanks for making life so pleasant for your Mom,Nancy,I hope she gets better and better each day.And if you want, accept the Thanksgiving wishes from my blog.Regards from Cape Town!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

the Rose is beautiful, many of them to your Mom for a speedy recovery.With your love and your flowers, she will be stronger and better every day.
Hugs from the holy land IB.

Kathy said...

So Beautiful!!

Tempy said...

Beautiful! What a perfect balance of reds with a little green. Hope your mom is home soon!

Angela Elledge said...

Beautiful composition and great title. I'm happy to hear of your Mother's improvement, what a Thanksgiving celebration that will be!

ornella said...

very vey nice
Ornella

Kim VanDerHoek said...

I feel like the only comment I leave here most of the time is that your painting is beautiful but, I can't help it and this painting is no exception. - Beautiful! :)

Virginia Floyd said...

I hope your mother continues to recover. As we ourselves get older, we realize what a treasure our mothers are.

Nancy Medina said...

Thank you for the kind comments, and the well wishes for my mom, her doctor said she is doing great today! This will be the best Thanksgiving gift ever, even though there was not much dinner to speak of. : ) We will definitely have one in a few weeks, when she is ready for the house to be filled up with her family again.

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