Roses are read…

My husband sent me roses.  Three dozen.

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But he that dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose.” — Anne Bronte

He sent them to my workplace and everyone who saw them asked about the occasion.  It wasn’t our anniversary, my birthday, the day we first met.  On the surface, there was no logical explanation.

As most women will attest, that is the best time to receive flowers.

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The rose is without explanation.  She blooms, because she blooms.” — Angelus Silesius

Still, I knew the reason.

He was glad to have his wife back from the ravages of her day job sprinkled with the constant attention to the round of edits looming on the second novel.

My head had been bent over the keyboard, ear to the telephone, or I was in meetings or functions and absent altogether.

I knew at the beginning of May that my schedule would be rough for weeks.  I suppose most of you have figured this out since I’m only blogging occasionally.

So the title isn’t a misspelling, an error.

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Love flows like flowers and grows like water.  I’m so thirsty for romance, I could drink a dozen roses.” — Jarod Kintz

My roses require a little reading between the lines, read and absorbed for their deeper meaning, inhaled for the aroma of sweetness when there’s time to truly slow down and breathe.

When did you receive a gift for no apparent reason, whose meaning was abundantly clear to you?

Renee Johnson is the author of Acquisition, and The Haunting of William Gray.  She is currently working on a Young Adult novel, while editing a suspense novel which has international flair–an homage to her love of travel and foreign food.  She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, Tony Johnson, and one very spoiled German shepherd named Gretel.   

About reneejohnsonwrites

I have recently returned from University of Iowa's Novel-Writing Intensive during their Summer Writing Festival. Other credits include two stints at The Essoyes School in France, two terms at a writer's residency at Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha's Vineyard, and a retreat in Italy. Join me in 'writing the world.' -- Renee Canter Johnson, author of "Herald Angels", "The Haunting of William Gray", and "Acquisition" published by The Wild Rose Press. Coming soon--an international intrigue set in Venice, Italy--where adventure and danger are as masked as the characters.
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28 Responses to Roses are read…

  1. You and your roses are beautiful, Renee. Congratulations on being on the other side of your busy schedule. Enjoy your roses and time with your husband!

  2. For me I suppose it’s the promise of Jesus.

  3. pattisj says:

    Those are beautiful! And huge! You look great, too, Renee.

  4. Gorgeous.
    And a lesson in writing and life, too!!
    He’s a keeper! xx
    PS. I continually receive unexpected gifts of journals! I love them!

    • We have been married for 30 years, so to still be getting roses is pretty sweet. And I love journals. My husband gets me great leather bound ones with gold edging on the ends of the pages…so lovely I almost hate to write in them. But of course, I do.

  5. Elyse says:

    What a wonderful thing to do!

  6. diannegray says:

    What a beautiful and thoughtful thing to do. I love this, Renee – and you look absolutely gorgeous 😀

  7. He’s a keeper, alright. He’s just reminding you of that. 😉

  8. Aquileana says:

    They are beautiful… And so are you! .~🍃 🍃🍃 ~

    By the way I nominated for a Creative Blogger Award

    You can check it out here, if you are interested, http://t.co/ZGd43qDszB

    All my best wishes and happy weekend ahead to you. Aquileana ⭐

  9. What a wonderful, incredible husband! Wow. Gorgeous, gorgeous flowers. Lucky you. The roses are so beautiful. I love the richness of their color.

  10. Lovely gift Renee and well done for getting to the other side 🙂

  11. megtraveling says:

    That is a perfect reason to send roses – the scent must have been wonderful too!

  12. E.C. says:

    What a sweet husband you have. It’s true sign of love and appreciation for him to send you such a beautiful bouquet. You’ve been a busy gal and deserve this special reward. Great photos. 🙂

  13. Sherri says:

    What beautiful red roses these Renee, and even more wonderful to receive these from your husband as such a surprise and after all your hard work, which I’m sure will more than pay off. I hope you are finding that time now to breathe…time to really smell the roses 🙂

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