Always Leave Room for Beauty

Hydrangea Bucket

If you have but two coins
And long to be fed,
Use one to buy flowers
And the other for bread.

~ Christianna Pierce

I wrote this little stanza as a paraphrase of many similar sayings I have collected which express the importance of beauty as a vital contributor to the quality of our life.

Because we need to feed our spirit (or essence or inner self) as much as we need to feed our body.

I am reminded of the example of my mother. She and my father married when they were very young and they started a family right away. Neither had a college education, and they struggled financially in the early years to support themselves and their three children. With careful budgeting and simple meals, there was fortunately always enough to eat. And, amazingly, there were always fresh flowers in our house. A simple vase with a bright spray of forsythia from the yard or some wild sweet pea blossoms were a constant presence in our lives. A little spot of bright color to enhance the day.

When I came home from college to visit my family, my mother invariably placed a sweet little vase of flowers on the table beside my bed. It was never something she discussed, it was simply something she did. A gesture of welcome and beauty that did not require words but which spoke volumes, nonetheless.

When my mother died, we mixed her ashes with wildflower seeds and sprinkled them in a beautiful private meadow. The lovely floral blooms each summer continuously remind me of her gentle, compassionate nature.

And now our oldest son is in college. When he comes home for a visit, he often finds that I have placed flowers in a small vase on the table by his bed.

No words are spoken. But I think he knows how l feel, nonetheless.

image: Fresh Hydrangeas. © 2010. Christianna Pierce.

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14 Responses to Always Leave Room for Beauty

  1. This is so beautiful, Christianna! I used to have little vases of flowers from the garden and yard for years and years, and then somehow it stopped, not sure why. My mom has always had a garden near the kitchen door, but was never much of one for bringing them inside. I think I’m going to go outside and snip a few asters and put them in a tiny beaker, just for the heck of it. And then I might just go and paint a picture of them, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thank you, Meg ๐Ÿ™‚

    Asters in a tiny beaker sound perfect for a fall day โ€“ and I’d love to see your painting if you do one!

  3. I found your blog through Meg via Twitter. This is such a beautiful post.

  4. Thank you, Betty Jo. I just visited your blog. It is simply gorgeous!

  5. What a beautiful tradition.

  6. I hope you don’t mind Christianna, I linked to your post on my blog today.

  7. Colleen, thank you for visiting and leaving a comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I’m honored! Thank you, Betty Jo ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I found your blog via Betty Jo and I’m so glad about it! Thank you for this touching post which is wonderful reminder for me!

  10. Hi Christianna,
    This is such a beautiful and touching article. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi Rosie,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting ๐Ÿ™‚ I just took a peek at your blog. Your photos are absolutely stunning!

  12. Hi Evelyn,

    Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your blog post today on “The Five Most Dangerous Foods to Feed Your Child” is a must-read!

  13. Avatar Margo Marver
    Margo Marver says:

    I have been enjoying traveling around your sites, during my tea breaks, wow…very impressive. It is wonderful to make time and share such sweet stories through blogging or twittering (which I have not gotten into yet). Thank you Christianna. Love the black dress month diary and gorgeous colorful changes.
    Margo

  14. Margo, thank you so much for your kind words! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment ๐Ÿ™‚

    Christianna