A friend once made a reference of a woman's life to that of a flower. I'm pretty sure she's not the only one making the connection between the two.
People tend to associate later parts of lives to something not so positive. I beg to disagree.
In my household, I barely throw away things, not even the flowers that have fallen off the stems and dried. By the way, my hubby has stopped trying to argue with me. How would you argue with an artiiiiiist? ;-)
Anyway, in my eyes, all organisms move through stages of lives, having distinct characteristics. Take this orchid for example. Some clients have seen it in my home. I've kept it even when most people think its life has ended. Its days of plump skin, perching on the branches have ended. But those days have been replaced with rich colors, textures and an "attitude" that nothing much can affect it anymore. To me, that is beautiful! And I celebrate such a beautiful life by keeping it around and showing people, including clients, how I'm crazy about such a drastically different yet still splendid look at the end of life.
Today, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish all the moms a happy Mother's Day! Have a great time celebrate what makes you! And to those of us married women with no children, give ourselves a pat in the back. You know what I mean if you think back the day that you take over your husband from your mother-in-law. You've somehow stepped into her shoes, haven't you? Have a happy day, all my women sisters!