Saturday, while on a walk, Neema and I were stopped in our tracks by a pink, Parisian-style home that stood out among the rest. But it wasn’t just the pale pink exterior that caught our eye, it was the array of rose bushes lining the front of the home. The rose bushes were wild, yet well maintained. Some of the branches reaching out further onto the sidewalk than others — as if intentionally enticing you to stop and take a sniff. Yellow, red, pink, white — each color held it’s own scent and we couldn’t help but “try” them all.
While admiring the roses an elderly man turned the corner of the pink house, greeting us like old friends. This was his home and he took great pride in every bloom on display. He gushed about the different types of roses and how you properly “pick” them from their stems. “You look for the branch on the stem with five leaves and cut just above it. That’s how you ensure a bud will grow back,” he informed us. Neema and I couldn’t help but comment on the beauty of a large pink flower close by. The man politely agreed but quickly countered, “Now! Don’t discount this pretty yellow one here!”
Before we were able to walk over to him he pulled a worn pocket knife out of his back pocket and gently removed the yellow rose from its prickly stem. It was the biggest, most beautiful rose I’ve seen. “This one’s for you,” he said handing me the rose and then playfully glancing at Neema to clarify, “and not for you, ya hear?” He smiled and we all laughed. We thanked the man and he continued on what you could tell was his routine evening walk.
As I sit at home writing this I can smell the fragrance from that yellow rose, sitting solo in a small, round vase nearby. A reminder that it’s always worth it, to stop and smell the roses.
This weekend I finally got the summer-like forecast I’ve been waiting for to throw on this striped off the shoulder dress. And the way the weatherman’s talkin’, I might just wear it all week long! Stripes have become an essential part of my warm-weather wardrobe and I am so happy to see so many striped dresses lining the racks this season. While my dress is sold out (I know, so sad! similar here), I’m highlighting ten alternatives to help you get summer-stripe ready!