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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:

:worker:
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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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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
:heart:
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aunnyd Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Just saw this now and almost burst into tears. What a wonderful idea. I might have to steal this idea for my next birthday. It's so appropriate and touching. Thanks for sharing!
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
:hug:
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cardfue Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Excellent!
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Thank you!
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cardfue Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner May 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. I too, lost my mother. And every birthday I tend to think of her just as much as I do on Mother's Day. You two created something so beautiful when she graced the earth. Thank you for sharing this. :heart:
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Thank you for your thoughtful comment........:hug:
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Choryunami Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So touching, and so beautiful... your simple, heartfelt words touched my heart in a very special way.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts. :iconsweethugplz:
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
I am so happy that I was able to reach out with my own personal experience and make you feel that way :hug:
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful :heart: :hug:
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
:heart:
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juliopuello Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
'BEAUTIFUL"....
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Thank you so much! :heart:
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Zmaj-dragon Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:hug:
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
:hug:
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Eugenekoh12 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly touching my soul so ever deeply. It's quite inspiring, seeing as many decided to follow what you do (And I myself will next year as my birthday has past) I'm quite connected with my mum and really felt happy that many others are too. I will attempt to remember to celebrate next year.
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
My Mom has been gone for many years now; I can no longer do anything for her except to remember her with all the love in the world that I have always felt for her when she was on this plane.......and now eternally.....
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
:heart:
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is good food for thought. My mother and I have been blessed to grow closer as I've grown up so I'm happy to say I already tell her often how much I love and appreciate her. This idea though, of making my birthday a point to celebrate her as well, is something I like.

Hmm...your point of such a thing being outside the generic "Halmark holiday listing' is a good one. I wonder if my mother has a favorite day of the year. If she does, perhaps I'll make that a special day for her. Something uniquely hers. :)
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
That is exactly right....."Something uniquely hers".........
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monochromera Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
the only time I think a journal has deserved a daily deviation.... was when reading this. it is just... well... words cannot properly describe it.
and you are amazing!
*sniffles*
your mother must have been so proud to have you... I just... wow... this has left me nearly speechless...
I will get my mother flowers on my birthday... on mothers day... and any day in between. this has really made me realize how much I really appreciate her... and that I should spend time with her while I can.
again, you are AMAZING!
I want to leave a giant meaningful comment... but I just can't find what to say.
I have a paragraph's worth of tears and appreciation, but that doesn't really equal words, now does it ^^
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Thank you so much! :hug:
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monochromera Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
welcome.
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BLEACH-IT-WHITE Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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codenamepanther Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
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:iconjeanpat:
jeanpat Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Thank you for reading it and appreciating it!
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isabeljoanvalentine Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student General Artist
This is beautiful.
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Thank you.
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AKsroa4a Featured By Owner May 14, 2012   Writer
O: I never thought of it like that. I'm going to take your advice. ^^
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Your Mother will really be surprised and pleased!
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funkeee Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This made me cry... it's so beautiful! :heart:
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
:hug:
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Thank you!
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StrawberrieMew Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Just reading this makes me cry. Your mother must have been so proud to have a daughter like you. Unfortunately my mother abandoned us from very young and I have tried to contact her and I can't. I know she's alive but, meh. But I am grateful for my father, who always has a big part of my creation. :)
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
So happy that you have a wonderful father, it counts for a lot. A mother abandoning her children is a tragedy :hug:
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StrawberrieMew Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
It really does. :)
Yeah, it is but it's a lesson. I know one day when I'm a mother I'll be the best one I can be. :hug:
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jeanpat Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
:heart:
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Hibiscius Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know your pain..... When I was only 3 my mother left my father and I just so she could go out and party and have a good time without "worrying about that little brat getting in my way and spoiling my fun" as she had said. It hurts me so badly every mothers day to see others with their mothers so happy and full of love because I know that my mother never cared about me and that if it weren't for my father, I would have starved to death. It hurts so badly everytime.....I always cry my eyes out on mothers day.
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StrawberrieMew Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
I'm really sorry about that. Sometimes women decide to (or accidentally) have children and then abandon them like if it was their fault or if they don't have feelings too. I hate women like that. Unfortunately we are the ones that suffer the most, but you just got to learn to get over it. I know it hurts a lot, but just remember that you have a great father and always keep in your mind that you will be the best mother you can be once you have your child. I've learned the biggest lessons of my life from other people's mistakes, not only my own. :)
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