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A Bouquet for My Aunt

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Now that my aunt has opened her birthday present (a little early, I might add, because the real day is tomorrow), I get to share pictures of what painted for her. 🙂

As I was trying to decide what to get her, my mind kept going back to a painting. Since starting painting a few months ago, and practicing whenever I have spare time, I felt confident enough that my artwork was worthy of being gifted and framed.

But what should I paint? I went through several scenarios with balloons and a birthday theme, but none of them were right. I wanted something that could be enjoyed year-round. I wanted something cheerful. I wanted something timeless.  Finally, I  figured it out. I would paint her  a bountiful bouquet!

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Since my aunt cannot have real flowers in her room right now, I decided to paint her a bright and colorful bouquet in hopes that it would lift her spirits every time she looks at it. Her last two years health-wise  has been a real  RoLLerCoasTer ride for all of us in the family, and although this is not my story to tell, I wanted to tie in why I decided on flowers.

While riding shotgun in my mom’s car one morning, I heard a gardener on KTSA mention how many plants that typically bloom this time of year are not doing so because of the hot conditions. In order for the plant to sustain enough energy to live with a lack of water and 100 + degree temperatures, it does no exert its energy to yield flowers. It is a survival mechanism.

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The more I thought about it, the more I compared it to my aunt’s situation. The last few years  in her life have been that arid drought, causing her to conserve energy and fight with all that she has. Now, more than ever, I know that her time to bloom is coming! I cannot say I understand what she is going through, but I have faith that her bud will soon begin to unfold an unravel into all the  beautiful petals of memories that life has to offer.

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Life is unpredictable, just like the weather. There will be good days and there will be bad. There will be rain and there will be sunshine. You must always remember that your time to bloom will come again!

Wishing my aunt that happiest of all birthdays tomorrow! 🙂 I wish I was there to celebrate with you! XOXO, Anna

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