Wednesday, October 9, 2019

I thought of a fifth adjective

...to go with terrifying, horrifying, shocking, and devastating (my personal list of turn-off “click bait” in internet headlines).

That word is -- drum roll, please -- heartbreaking.

Moving right along, Mrs. RWP received a mystery bouquet this week. It wasn't from me. Here are sides A, B, and C:


























So now you know that in addition to every argument having two sides, every bouquet has three. That's not really true. I just wanted you to see the flowers from different angles to get the full effect.

The bouquet contained some wonderfully fragrant lavender flowers that I didn't recognize, so I called the florist's shop to find out what they were. "Stock," the woman who answered the phone said, after checking with the floral designer. I had never heard of stock before, but I have led a sheltered life.

I suppose that statement alone makes this post truly shocking!

It turned out that the vase of beautiful flowers was sent by our son-in-law in Alabama, just because he was thinking about Mrs. RWP. His timing could not have been more perfect to lift her spirits. The bouquet arrived the day before the anniversary of the burial of our niece, Mrs. RWP's brother's daughter, who died suddenly of heart failure last year at 53 in North Carolina. Our Alabama son-in-law had no way of knowing that, so it made his thoughtfulness extra special.

Here is a photo of our daughter and her husband at last Saturday's football game at their alma mater, Jacksonville State University, where this year both of their sons play in the marching band show at half-time.


After 26 years of marriage, our daughter and son-in-law are still apparently very happy. If they are not, they are hiding it very well.

My daughter looks so much like my mother that it is almost scary. It is not terrifying, horrifying, shocking, devastating, or heartbreaking, but it is definitely scary.

Until next time, I remain
Yr faithful correspondent,
rhymeswithplague

P.S. -- Because it rained last Saturday, the band marched without their plumed hats. My two grandsons are plainly visible in the two photos below, one in each photo.



13 comments:

  1. What a lovely gesture to lift Mrs RWP's spirits. Unexpected kindness frequently makes my eyes leak. Happy tears are the best kind.

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    1. E.C. (Sue), yes, what a lovely gesture it was. He is a keeper.

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  2. Beautiful flowers. So sweet of your son in law, and I'm glad that the flowers cheered your wife. Great picture of your daughter and son in law, and I know you are proud of your grandsons.
    My husband and I also celebrated our 26th anniversary this year, 1993 was a good year to get married. Our son played tenor sax in marching band. I always enjoyed the halftime shows more than the game. :D

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    1. Kethy, the Marching Southerners, 556 strong this year (that number is correct) are PHENOMENAL! Check their performance out on youtube sometime. Our oldest son, our daughter, her husband, and the two grandsons mentioned have all been members of that group.

      A belated "happy anniversar" to you and your husband!

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  3. The flowers are a wonderful loving gesture. Your son-in-law is a keeper.

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  4. The bouquet is beautiful and a thoughtful gift from your son-in-law! That is a wonderful picture of your daughter and son-in-law. She is quite a beautiful young woman. How nice to see your grandsons in the band at half time too! My youngest son was always active in band and I sure enjoyed going to his performances.

    Enjoy the rest of your week Sir!

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    1. Bonnie, thank you for the lovely compliment about my daughter. Not so young anymore (51) but holding up extremely well, if you ask me.

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  5. What a lovely, natural photo of your daughter with her husband! As for the unexpected bouquet, may I boldly ask when did you yourself last give Ellie some flowers?

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  6. Yorkshire Pudding (Neil), Thank you very much, kind sir! I will answer your bold question truthfully and with pleasure: just a few days before his arrived. Mine had fall colours (yellow, rust, orange). She has had two bouquets going at the same time.

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    1. May I now boldly ask what had you done wrong?

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    2. Y.P., I will ignore your attempt to insult me and I will answer this question truthfully also. Nothing.

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  7. I live about 55 miles frm JSU in AL. Pretty flowers.

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