Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Life being pruned.

This morning when we got up.... after a wild night of
thunderstorms.... we found Mom's most favorite plant - her rose bush - was smashed. During the wild and windy night  the umbrella had fallen over on it (even though it was tied to the railing to stop it from doing just that!!!) Mom was so angry and annoyed because this is a special rose - it reminds our Mom of her Mom who passed away 10 years ago.  Then Mom turned on the TV and heard of all the deaths, injuries and destruction that had occurred from the tornadoes that devastated the central part of country yesterday. Mom's anger disappeared and she thought  about how she could at least prune her rose and it would grow back - but all those lives that had been 'pruned' away by natures forces - they would never grow back.

It got Mom to thinking about a story she read some time back... about a particular African tribe that believes when someone dies they are carried to the great resting place in a canoe and that everyone in the tribe must cry and wail freely so that their tears become a river on which the canoe travels. Today we cry many tears in the hope that those that leave us travel safely to the Rainbow Bridge where they will cross into the 'other' place - a place where the light is always bright, the air is always warm and those that have gone before will be waiting with open arms and wagging tails. Life may have been pruned away in a blink - but be assured the memories of those lives will bloom forever.


  1. Such sweet words. We pray for all the people of Moore. We are deeply sad for all those who have lost someone.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. Oh gosh, this is beautiful. My assistant and I are adding our tears to the river of tears to carry all those lost home

    Your pal, Pip

  3. We keep our paws and fingers crossed and our hugs are on the way to those who need some.

  4. You is so right, da rose can be salvaged I think...then again, I knows nuttin' bouts plants.

    I loves da story of da African tribe. I wouldn't mind goin' to da bridge in a boat.

    Today, with ya;ll...our hearts and prayers are goin' out to those in da destruction in Oklahoma.


  5. Beautiful words and thoughts.

  6. Thank you for your words today, they are so very true and heartfelt.
    We do forget sometimes not to get so caught up in the repairable, until a moment happens and we cannot change it.
    Stella Rose

  7. THIS is a truly BEAUTIFUL and MEANINGFUL Post. THANK YOU!!!

  8. We agree with you, memories do bloom forever.

  9. Lovely post... beautiful.

  10. So true. Stay safe everyone.

    One of my dear, departed blog friends wrote on his blog everyday - "time is precious, do not waste it." Words to live by.

  11. So well said. I'm all teary eyed here at work. Thanks for giving us some perspective.

  12. What a beautiful post! We continue to pray for all of those affected by this horrific tornado.

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  13. SHE visited Darwin five months after Cyclone Tracy (yes, SHE's old) and was amazed at how nature had recoverd--beautiful flowers amongst the debris. So we're sure your roses will recover. They're beautiful.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  14. What a lovely post.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  15. Such a touching post. Mom says she will think of it whenever she sees a rosebush. Crossing all our paws for all those affected by the terrible storm.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  16. Oh, that is soooo sweet guys. I hopes every peep and fur baby that didn't make it, gets to take a ride on that canoe, that sounds just lovely. I likes that story.
    Oh, and abouts your Moms rose...I can prune it for hers if she wants...hehehe

  17. I very thoughtful post. The rose will bloom again, tears are helpful with many things.


  18. That is terrifying weather in our book! Sorry about moms plant
    Benny & Lily

  19. I loved that story and it touched me so much that you wrote that comment after our Carly had gone - it was very touching! Thank you!I totally get the Mom thing too, my kitty broke one of my Mom's statues of wildlife which was one of the few things I had of hers and I thought my heart broke with it until I realized she would have laughed at me and said hello, I'm still right here in your heart and mind! Thanks!

  20. Poor Mom's rose, perhaps she can tie it up and it will continue to grow.. Lovely words. Stay safe guy's xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  21. The tragedy is just devastating to read about. (and watch on TV)

    But it's ok to be sad about the rose bush too. But it will heal and next year, new growth will appear. :)


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