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White Roses for an Eternal Bond

Sat May 12, 2012, 10:00 PM by jeanpat:iconjeanpat:


White Roses for an Enternal Bond





May 13, 2012



There is a song, White Rose of Athens, sung by Nana Mouskouri, and with its haunting lyrics, it was one of my mother’s favorites.




"So goodbye my love till then


Till the white rose blooms again"




I had been living in Athens Greece for six years, and it was from there that I sent my mother the first gift of white roses as a “Mother’s Day” gift.  But I sent it on my birthday. In my early twenties, I came to the realization that my birthday was not only about me being born on that day.  The special day was also about my mother, who had given me the most wonderful gift of all... life! How can it be that Mother’s Day and Birthdays have been so unnaturally “separated?”


I wanted Mom to know that even though it was my birthday, my thoughts were also about her. The note that I included in that first bouquet read, “I have never thanked you for bringing me into this world. I would like to do that now with these white roses from Athens”. Every year after that first gifting, the white roses, the symbol of our eternal bond, were sent to her on my birthday, and needless to say that each time she was genuinely touched and loved the gesture.


Just six short years after this birthday tribute started, my mother was taken away from me forever. Now I could never again send those beloved roses to her. With her passing, we were once again separated, at least until we meet again.





"The summer days are ending in the valley


And soon the time will come when we must be apart


Now you must start your journey to the sailing


And leave me till another spring-time comes around"




Why don’t we avoid the Hallmark cliché for Mothers Day and create more personal gifts linking our birthdays with Mothers day? And why don’t we all evolve from the concept of “birthdays” to focus as much on the mother giving birth as the child being born? Let us not forget the eternal bond between mother and child.





"So goodbye my love till then


Till the white rose blooms again"




Mom has been gone for many years now, and in place of those roses, I light a candle for her on my birthday every year. Silently, I thank her for giving me life.




"Goodbye till then


Goodbye till then..."











There is a song, White Rose of Athens, sung by Nana Mouskouri, and with its haunting lyrics, it was one of my mother's favorites. "So goodbye my love till then Till the white rose blooms again" I had been living in Athens Greece for six years, and it was from there that I sent my mother the first gift of white roses as a "Mother's Day" gift. But I sent it on my birthday. In my early twenties, I came to the realization that my birthday was not only about me being born on that day. The special day was also about my mother, who had given me the most wonderful gift of all... life! How can it be that Mother's Day and Birthdays have been so unnaturally "separated?"
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derpy333 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This made me cry a little!
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AudraMBlackburnsArt Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional
:iconwhiteroseplz::iconzeusplz: Hard to do....:)
....What you must do. :iconsecrethandshakeplz:

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lakoneko Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really hard when your mom isn't there on mother's day. I'm glad to hear about how you have handled it for so long (sorry for such a late comment, it's just a lot to think about still) I wish I could have done this for my mom, but I still think about her every year. Today being my birthday, it's crazy to think that just 19 years ago I first joined the world in my mom's arms.

*hugs*
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jeanpat Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Happy birthday to you then.....you can remember her any day in your own way....being remembered is what matters. :hug:
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lakoneko Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
=^_^=
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ArtBIT Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this wonderful idea and amazing point of view :hug:
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
:hug:
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Creativeness Featured By Owner May 19, 2012   General Artist
That is so beautiful :rose::iconwhiteroseplz:
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Thank you.
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74KY Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this very heart-touching story. No matter what me and my mom go trough, our strong bond and our love will never go away and I will always be thankful for the fact that she gave me the gift of life.
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