Blooming Little by Little

posted by Sharon April 24, 2014 12 Comments

My mom brought us a bouquet of roses from her garden when she came over for dinner on Easter. I’ve been enjoying them this week. The creamy petals are lined with a happy, deep pink. The pale colors sit peacefully among the brighter hues.

One reason I love roses is that they start out as tightly wound buds, then they open little by little. They hide their goodness inside and let you in gradually day by day. Today, most of them are in full bloom.

These remind me of a new piano student I’ve had only a few weeks. She’s young and she learns a bit differently from others. She is more natural, more open than most of us. If she wants to draw a picture in the middle of her lesson, she grabs the notebook and starts in. When I asked her to dance to happy music, she had no trouble shedding all self-consciousness and twirling in my living room. When the next student rang the doorbell, she ran out the door and gave him a bear hug, even though she’d never seen him before.

So I’m trying to see life through this young lady’s eyes. She’s not hiding what she thinks and feels, as many of us tend to do (me!). She isn’t filtering love through anything–she’s running towards someone and expressing joy, wrapping her arms around another human being just because he’s there.

I’m her teacher, but actually she’s teaching me a lot about opening up and blooming. It comes so naturally to her, and it’s a joy to see.

How about you? Do you open up to people easily, or do you take a while to “bloom” with others?

Linking up with Little Things Thursday.

Little by Little

 

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12 Comments

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wirednan April 24, 2014 at 4:11 am

What a lovely post, Sharon. I love your imagery with the rose and the description of your student is heart-warming. I wish I could be as open, spontaneous and un-self conscious as she is but it is so nice to hear about her and it is something for me to strive for in these, the best years of my life ( otherwise called the golden years). Thank you so much for sharing these lovely thoughts.

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tiarasandtantrums April 24, 2014 at 5:32 am

so pretty! My little one wanted me to get flowers the other day for her, I should hav! They certainly do brighten one’s day

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jeanne stone April 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

What lovely spontaneityllll and so glad that you, as her teacher , are learning from her. Sadly, so many of us start out with this spontaneity , and then, very soon, it is quelched.

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FlowerLady Lorraine April 24, 2014 at 9:50 am

What a wonderful post, filled with beauty, joy and love! Sometimes I am spontaneous, other times I’m more slow in opening up.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin April 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm

What a great post – and so so true! It totally depends on who I am around for how quickly I “bloom” – have a great day!!

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Molly April 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Beautiful shots, you captured their delicate nature perfectly

Mollyxxx

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kim April 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm

These roses are gorgeous. They have vintage appeal to them with the creaminess. On blooming…I had always tended to be some what shy, but transparent. A sort of paradox. In my older age, I have learned that not everyone deserves my transparency. It’s not been always used appropriately. My motto is love all, serve as many as you can, be joyful, be kind, be trustworthy…but be selective with those you let in your inner circle.

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Dotti April 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I love your story about your piano student! My 6-year old granddaughter started piano in January and I oversee her practice each day at my house. When she struggles but then gets it right, she’ll often lean over and give me a big hug. So heartwarming! And I love all your roses. We have grown Double Delights for years.

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Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers April 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing!
~ Christine

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Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow April 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Who doesn’t love roses…the perfect flower ….lovely shots. I like them too because after enjoying them as a fresh flower they can be dried too.

Love your piano student story 🙂

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mscarletti April 25, 2014 at 12:49 pm

How wonderful that you have a student like that. I would or could definately learn from her. I tend to be very careful before I let loose. What a great reminder.

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artmusedog April 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Absolutely gorgeous macro floral shots ~ beautiful! ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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