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“It is the time you have lost for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Known as a classic novella (especially for children), The Little Prince is overflowing with philosophic meaning, with thoughts that touch upon the human condition itself. The character of the young prince falls in love with a rose and upon discovering that there are many other roses in this universe’s existence, he laments that his rose is not unique. However, a fox consoles him with bringing out the fact that just by her being the object of his affection, by his having spent time on her, his rose is, in fact, quite unique.
Flowers have been a member of the romantic arena since its very birth, for they emanate love’s delicacies and reflect the beauteous qualities that belong to women. Just as there are many “I’s” (since humanity is composed of many individuals) but there is, in a sense, only one “I” for every person, so too this quality is present in love. Communicate the uniqueness of the deliciously strange and gripping emotion of romance with the gift of roses. The thought, the time and consideration taken, the gravitational effect of seeing a bud one moment later come into full and bursting bloom, these are all transmitted and are sewn into the heart with the warmest of feelings.
As with the people we love, the tender gift of flowers is never to be forgotten, for each dearest person is, in fact, our life’s eternal rose.
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give a person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano
Where does it begin? Let’s start with a brief history on Father’s Day. Outside religious traditions, in the United States Father’s Day wouldn’t come to be commonly celebrated or officially recognized until early in the 20th century. On July 5, 1908, accounts say Grace Golden Clayton, a resident of Fairmont, West Virginia and member of the church then known as the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, urged her pastor Robert Thomas Webb to hold a sermon in honor of fatherhood and in memory to the 361 men lost, 250 of which were fathers leaving behind thousands of children including Grace herself, during the Monongah Mining Disaster of December 1907. Because of local events taking place, the official observance of Independence Day, and Grace being a reserved and quiet person, the celebration never quite took off and was not replicated for some years.
On June 19 two years later, a celebration was held in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Smart Dodd. Sonora’s father, William Jackson Smart was a civil war veteran and single parent and after hearing a sermon on Jarvis’ Mother’s Day, she felt inspired. A member of the then Old Centenary Presbyterian Church, Sonora suggested to her pastor that fathers and fatherhood too should be similarly celebrated. After some deliberation, the concept was accepted by the church and on the aforementioned June 19, 1910 a sermon was held. The celebration would continue to fade in and out of obscurity with the times. Attempts were made to formally recognize Father’s Day as a national holiday but were ultimately defeated by congress. It wasn’t until finally in 1966 when then President, Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first official proclamation honoring fatherhood in the United States by designating the third Sunday of every June be recognized as Father’s Day. It was later made a permanent holiday and signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972.
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Kathy says :
“What Mother Days means to me is a day to celebrate another year with my Mother, a breast cancer survivor and to thank her for everything that she has done for me throughout the years.”
We all love our moms and that’s just saying the least. For many, Mother’s Day is a time to reflect and show appreciation and recognition to the women who have been our mentors, our caregivers, our first friend and our best friend; the person who molded and raised us to eventually become the person we are today. In honor of Mother’s Day, we here at Global Rose would love to hear from you! So please, comment below and let us know what Mother’s Day truly means to you!
The Storied History Behind Mother’s Day
“For when a child is born the mother also is born again.” – Gilbert Parker
Today in this first installment on series of Mother’s Day related blogs , we take a look at the storied history of the annual holiday, Mother’s Day. In its present form, Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood and the maternal bond between a mother and child. Currently observed annually on the second Sunday of May, Mother’s Day was the brainchild of founder Anna Jarvis and was established three years after her mother’s, Ann Reeves Jarvis’s passing in the year 1908; though her earliest effort to establish Mother’s Day as a nationally recognized holiday date as far back as 1905. On May 10 of that year, a ceremony was held and orchestrated by Jarvis at the St. Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church of Grafton, West Virginia, her mother’s place of work for over twenty years where she taught Sunday school.
Inspired by their close relationship and her mother’s efforts in the late 1800s to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day”, the goal of which was to reunite families that had been divided during the American Civil War and eventually expand into an annual memorial for mothers, Jarvis championed her mother’s endeavor in her honor and had five hundred white carnations, her mother’s favorite flower, sent to St. Andrew’s and requested that each mother in the congregation receive one. The following year, having grown in popularity the holiday spread to New York where it was broadly celebrated.
In the following years Jarvis campaigned heavily to have Mother’s Day recognized as a national holiday. It wasn’t until 1910 when West Virginia, home to the International Mother’s Day Shrine (designated a National Historic Landmark in October of 1992) in Grafton, declared it an official holiday, soon followed by the rest of the States. Though officially recognized by the states, on May of 1913, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on all federal government officials to wear a white carnation in observance of Mother’s Day and on May of 1914, Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day. The following day, President Woodrow Wilson delivered the proclamation declaring the first National Mother’s Day… to be Continued!
Gentle and beautiful, flowers are the perfect statement in times of great significance. How graceful and elegant, as is the case when you see her. That trembling fear that embraces you and explodes with trickles of delight that roll down one’s countenance and temple of being. The corporal wonder that is only out shined by what magnificence consumes one’s soul. Had there only been words enough…but I love you…I love you does not satisfy all that dictates your existence, so splendorous around her, so enriched, so much power filling your whole universe.
A desire to disappear, that almost tragic impulse, to disappear so entirely into another until she is no longer an other at all. A hypnotic trance, a yoke that we willingly carry and love until it is part of us for an eternity. Until we are enveloped in blissful union – and yet…were you aware this can never be the case? That this flower has to be revived and tended to – that this satisfaction we seek is an eternal quest. A succulent journey that is a pleasure to go on, repeatedly, until exhaustion consumes one…then, then the whole process can repeat itself and once again the most divine of indulgences may commence.
This is the experience of her, this is what the story of the rose. Sweet, intricate, and delicate…it is the story of madness. The only madness that makes sense.
Wedding Flower Bouquets
Wedding flower bouquets and how they can really make or break a wedding
Wedding flower bouquets are big business for many companies. Almost any wedding that has some kind of budget will include wedding flowers as one of the important things that needs to be present during the service. Normally flowers will be included on the bridesmaids dresses, the groom and groomsmen and the bride will also have her own bouquet to carry up the aisle. The wedding bouquet is a very high importance to the bride, as this has much significance during the service, especially for the throwing of the bouquet, as this is a very traditional part of most weddings. The point of the activity is that whoever catches the bouquet will be the next to get married, and there are often very many excited girls waiting as the bride throws it over her shoulder.
It is not hard to be a great admirer of flowers, in fact, they seem to instantly inhabit our hearts as a comfortable love as well as any other pleasurable thing may such as a delicious meal or beautiful balcony view. Yet should there be any discernment employed in picking flowers? Here we have to offer you an in depth analysis of different floral colors. Today, the color of choice is yellow. What does it represent? What symbolic value does it have to offer at a wedding?
Yellow flowers such a sunflowers and certain lilies share a sunny disposition that is optimistic, playful, and joyous. This high-energy hue is known to indicate happiness, cheer, and intellectuality. Its warming effect is not only supposed to arouse elation but is also deemed to be a catalyst for mental stimulation. So bright, it demand attention, yellow has the unique characteristic of being demure yet loud at the same time, a most significant blend.
Those familiar with the color’s historic essence will know that it is used to convey loyalty, steadfastness, and strength. It is, in fact, a color of honor, of high regal relationships and temperaments. Use yellow flowers for a fresh feel that brings a pleasant atmosphere just bursting with significance.
We covered some of the interesting associations within the language of flowers in this post here. It adds quite a bit of dimension when you are familiar with the symbolic significance of the flowers you gift yourself and others. Each bloom has its own unique beauty, as does much vegetation, why not acquaint yourself with its unique world?
Lotus: So anciently embraced, this flower is often talked about in scopes beyond its presence such as in Yoga, yet the lotus is known, above all, for its innocence, purity, and eloquence. It is considered a flower of chastity.
Rose: Although with multilayers of complexity depending on the color you are considering, there are some things to note about the genre “rose” itself. Did you know that a thornless rose is used to indicate love at first site? The first few colors of roses were of light pink, blush, and cream hues. A pink rose, for example, means grace. Dark pink signifies gratitude…good to know next time you wish to show your appreciation.
Rosemary: Perhaps the most sensational herb due to its powerfully alluring fragrance and taste, rosemary is a sign of remembrance.
Sweet pea: A popular fragrance, Sweet pea is a way of saying you give someone your thanks.
Soon to come are different combinations of roses and their unique meanings.
You may be one of the many fellows fumbling around in the dating world, looking for a woman of quality, and always end up retracting in the misery of disillusionment…alas, romance may seem like a fiction. Although there are many factors that pull in together to create the status quo, it could very well be that a simple suggestion, a heightening outlook and perspective is all that is needed.
Other than some obvious changes, such as taking care of one’s self and maintaining a satisfying (enough) existence independent of others (which are attractive qualities), women, like flowers, like to be taken care of. That is when they fully bloom. Check out this short video of Victoria’s Secret supermodel Adriana Lima describing how it is that her husband won her over.
Beginnings, to a certain extent, are absolutely crucial for a flourishing relationship. You must show your lover that she is important and worth everything, including your time and consideration. Think of how she would feel to enter a house filled with luscious roses..the outstanding gesture would be a moment to treasure for eternity and would quickly tell her some devastatingly attractive things about you.
So as long as you act from the heart, a beautiful woman is always within reach. Just remember, beauty is more than appearances!
Some people may be thinking that a red wedding can only pertain to the popular penultimate episode of Game Of Thrones’ third season, but red weddings are, in fact, a far more ancient tradition. Red? Yes, blood red. Red over any other color, especially white. You may be calling us crazy, but give the idea a moment of consideration. Why are white dresses the standard of weddings? A time of virginal purity being upheld, the serenity and perfection of white. White, which is not a color at all but the collection of all the colors of the spectrum. But it wasn’t always this way. All you need to do is go back to the days of Ancient Rome for a decadently red wedding.
Romans wore red wedding dresses because red is the color of passion, fire, and love. Burning romance was the value upheld over “white” purity. Not that you have to choose. But why settle for representing one symbolic face of marriage? Is not romance equally important? Commence your wedding with all the layers of complexity that life and relationships themselves contain, incorporate some vibrant reds in your wedding flowers! Declare love in the loudest of voices and blend ancient traditions into a swirl of rich meaning. The contract of marriage, being a most beautiful arrangement, should be given the upmost importance and care on this day. So plan carefully. We have some lovely suggestions. Whether it be red roses, carnations, or peonies, we have got your rich colors covered!