October 4 - 6, 2005
Volume 1 - Number 182

a Castera rose

This small rose is one of a grouping of over two dozen gifted to us by our dinner guests the other evening. The color is an unusual one. The texture and range of shades within many of the flowers has me think of "antique" flowers.

Because I had the need to pass on the "true" feeling in the coloration of these roses, I went to Google to match the color with a name. One chart describes a color equivalent as a "dark, dull red". Click on the little spots on the chart to find "dark, dull red" or "dark faded red". You'll see the range of colors that are within these roses.

Sam thought "maroon" is the color and when I checked that out, I found a site by George Hernandez who states that it's his favorite color. He continues, "Maroon is a darkened red, a de-saturated red, or a mix of brown and purple paints. Variations or maroon-like colors include burgundy, carmine, chestnut, falu red, and dark crimson." This fits what I'm observing when I look at them. See GeorgeHernandez.com for a color match and for some other interesting other facts about "maroon."

Of the 80 plus photos I took, I chose this particular one for the drama and the stark beauty I see in it. I feel excited and then serene when I look at it. For some reason, I'm moved to say that I hope that you find this photo as beautiful as I do.

The photos also inspired me to do some of my photo/drawing enhancement. Tomorrow I will share another of the roses, along with several buds, and the tiles I will create later.

One final "tidbit", the instructions with the flowers, for preserving them, stated to cut the stems under water (which I learned in the Ikebana class I took) and to place them in 1/2 water and 1/2 Sprite or 7-Up, which I happened to have in the house!

Today's query comes from a conversation with my guests about their gift. When Morrie handed them to me, he said, "I hope you like roses." I don't recall my answer and on the way out Morrie commented that it was interesting that, like his wife, I don't like roses.

I was somewhat confused since I love roses and I had even set a few of them out in an arrangement as a centerpiece on our table. I had no idea why he said what he did. He replied that this is what I had stated at the beginning of the evening.

Evidently, I must have made the offhand, "joking" response, "No, I don't like them," thinking "who doesn't like roses?"

I had paid little attention to what I said and had Morrie not commented as they were leaving, I never would have known the impression with which they were left.
For me this was a great reminder on the importance of being responsible for the words that come out of my mouth.

Do you ever find yourself being sarcastic or making "joking" remarks? If/when this happens, do you check out with the other person to see how what you said landed for them, that they know you were "joking?"

For me, I intend to make an added effort not to be sarcastic (a rare occurrence for me anyway) and definitely, if I slip, to make sure I'm clear on it to the person with whom I am communicating. I invite you to also take this on.

Enjoy the "roses" in your life!

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