Picture The Holidays - Day 5
Every morning when I shuffle to the kitchen to get my first cup of coffee, I see on my back deck a pot of rosemary with an artisan crafted copper sunflower peeking up among the needles. This sweet little garden ornament was a gift from my son and daughter-in-law just prior to his deployment. They bought it in Asheville, NC while on their honeymoon, and it has greeted me every morning since he left for Afghanistan.
He's a photogenic little guy and I've captured him more than once through the seasons my son has been gone. Here he is after a summer rain:
I wrote in my description back then:
"Sunflowers symbolize happiness and rosemary is for remembrance. While he is deployed, I will take comfort in happy memories each time I look at this lovely piece of art."
This happy little sunflower has brought a daily smile to my lips during some difficult moments through these seasons of separation. They couldn't have known at the time what a symbol of hope and happiness this little flowers has become to me.
The edges are now laced with frost, and I take comfort in knowing that he will be home before the icy fringe gives way to dewdrops once again. What a time for rejoicing and celebration that will be!
Kim Klassen's last Texture Tuesday theme of the year is celebrate, so I reworked the image in honor of the rejoicing we will be doing in the new year when we have our arms around our boy once again. I used her lovely Phoebe texture on this one.
Here's hoping you have much to rejoice about this holiday season.