Remember back in early and mid-Spring, I did a series of posts on the perennial gardens over near Lake Harriet? (click here to see most recent post). I found some delightful surprises that captivated my soul and I’ve gone back several times since to see what new has come up.
The biggest attraction of all of course is the Rose Garden which blooms each summer in hundreds of colors and types of roses. When it is in full bloom, it is perhaps one of the most beautiful places in the city.
I’d been watching the Rose Garden often during my daily runs around the lake and nothing had transpired since the last time I’d checked. However, Monday was entirely different. Sophia and I set off on a bike ride along the lakes and on our way home I noticed a blur of color as we passed by the Rose Garden. I wondered out loud….is it ready?
We rode our bikes the short block to the entrance of the Rose Garden and we felt like we were Alice in Wonderland. The roses were in full bloom and outrageously spectacular. In every hue possible, of pink, red, purple, white, yellow and orange. And not a single one looked the same. Each and every one was unique and equally beautiful.
It was such a beautiful site that I had to pull out my pocket-sized camera and snap away as Sophia and I passed by to smell and examine each and every flower.
I couldn’t help but compare the raw, intense beauty of each blossoming rose with my children and youth. A rose is so intricate, so beautiful and so delicate but not forever. Soon, it will loose its luster, wither and start to fall apart. It was a reminder to me that life here on earth is temporary. You’ve got to take full advantage of your time here on earth, doing the things you love, with the people you love. You cannot take a single day for granted or in vain. Or else the thorns of the roses will prick you.
Now take a walk with me through the spectacular blooming Rose Garden and I am certain my words will not be forgotten….Each and every day is a blessing for you to embrace and enjoy. Carpe Diem!