Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Love’s memory May 17, 2014

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Bouquet 1

CERTAINLY HE DIDN’T RECOGNIZE the significance of his choice—yellow and orange sweetheart roses in a vase tied with a yellow gingham ribbon.

Even I didn’t realize until the day after how the color choice and the ribbon transcended time. Men don’t often notice these details. And I nearly missed them in the bouquet he gave me.

On May 15, 1982, yellow sweetheart roses and babies breath ringed my short-cropped hair on our wedding day.

Bouquet, roses close-up

On Thursday, our 32nd wedding anniversary, my husband gave me a bouquet of yellow and orange sweetheart roses accented with babies breath.

Yellow roses were my bridal day flower of choice, along with daisies.

Bouquet, yellow gingham ribbon

I also stitched yellow and white checked aprons for my cousins who waited on tables at our wedding reception.

Bouquet, orange roses

It took me an entire day to connect the past to the present. And when I did, I leaned in and breathed even more deeply the fragrance of love’s memory.

© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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26 Responses to “Love’s memory”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Sometimes the obvious is what we miss. The flowers are lovely. Simply lovely. Enjoy!

  2. hotlyspiced Says:

    What beautiful flowers, Audrey, I love them. And the colours are stunning. And how special that they are the same as what you had in your bridal bouquet! xx

  3. Thread crazy Says:

    Aww… what a sweet special memory. It takes a special man Audrey to remember those small details; what a treat for you.

  4. Jackie Says:

    Oh….that is so very sweet! Such a lovely memory from 32 years ago 🙂

  5. Dan Traun Says:

    What a wonderful sentiment. Not all men are oblivious to the small (big) details. Great job Randy!

  6. randy Says:

    FYI
    I did recall yellow roses, and was the reason i chose that particular arrangement.

  7. First of all, congratulations to you both. Secondly, the little things do mean a lot 🙂 Thanks for the smile!


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