Sunday, May 13, 2012

White Roses For Mother's Day

On Mother's Day in 2001, we laid my mother to rest. She was buried with a corsage of white roses on her jewel-toned blouse. In the south on Mother's Day we wear a red rose if your mother is living, and a white one if your mother has passed. Mother's Day was on the 13th that year, just like today.

I haven't worn a Mother's Day rose since the year before when, through pure happenstance, I was with her. I wore a red rose on my dress to the services at Ohio Valley Church that morning. Little did I know it would be my last chance to wear a red rose.

When I bought my first house a few months after her death, I planted a rose bush in front - a white rose bush.

I will never have reason to wear another Mother's Day rose. My mother is gone, and I am not a mother. But, I'm so glad Mama had one last Mother's Day corsage.

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MaryLou said...

You should wear a white rose on Mother's Day since your mom has passed. Perhaps you meant you would not be able to wear a red one on Mother's Day any more, but DO remember your mom with a white one! I remember that custom to my own childhood and I remember my daddy telling me why he had a white rose in his lapel.


Patsy Terrell said...

You are correct, of course. I was referring to the idea that I don't attend church services on Mother's Day, which is where we would always wear them.