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The Miracle Flower

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Moms Red Flower

It sure is good to be back in the Stream of Consciousness! We still have a lot of clean up to do at the house in Wilmington, but mostly big branches and the back fence. The house is mostly okay. Mostly. The house we’re staying in an hour north belonged to my parents and now belongs to me. I’m typing that because sometimes it’s hard to remember that the house and all this stuff I have to, get to, go through now belong to me. I can do whatever I want with it. I’ve been going through hundreds and hundreds of old photos. Being here at the house my parents lived in for so long brings me to the miracle flower pictured above. It is one thing I will not throw away.

The story that I included in Trust the Timing as well as a chicken soup story I just submitted goes something like this:

My mother was getting foggier and more confused in her late 70s. I had always wanted my mother to be clearer in her thinking. I’d been reading a lot about mental health and zeroed in on this quote my Scott Peck about mental health being a dedication to reality at all costs.  This was about 15 to 20 years ago, and I no longer believe that now. Not the “at all costs” part.

But when my mom showed me this artificial red flower in a clay pot and went on and on about what a miracle it was because she hadn’t watered it in weeks and it was still alive and so beautiful, I said something like, “Mom, I think that flower might be plastic.”

“No it’s not! It’s a miracle!” Mom said and then she changed the subject.

I still beat myself up for not going along with her miracle flower and joining her journey as my husband says. Now I know better that miracles are in the believing. And reality is subjective. Maybe this flower which is actually made of silk, has taken on a life in some ways. I’m writing about it, so maybe I’m giving it immortality.

Do you think “inanimate” objects have something like life. An energy maybe? Do we give our cars or computers energy when we talk to them?  Well, that’s getting a bit deep, so I guess I better back off and come back to earth. At least long enough to move the laundry along. We just got electricity back yesterday after a week of candlelit nights, so I’m washing towels. Thank God! We were almost out of towels. But really, I am very thankful. It could have been much worse and was for some people.

Thank you for all the prayers and good energy during the hurricane!

PS. I just thought about my childhood stuffed animals, supposedly inanimate objects who I thought of as real, and remembered this part of The Veleveteen Rabbit.

Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt was: flower/flour

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For more information on Saturday Stream of Consciousness, visit Linda at:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/09/21/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-22-18/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

35 thoughts on “The Miracle Flower

  1. I’m so glad to read you’re okay and survived the hurricane. I love your thoughts on the flower. My mom had dementia and when she couldn’t remember to water flowers, we bought her plastic ones. She loved them because they always stayed fresh – her husband even gave her that kind as well because it brought her happiness. Enjoy the memories – it is a tough journey to work through all the stuff. My thoughts are with you!

  2. You’re preaching to the choir here, I do believe inanimate objects have life. In fact, my whole blog is based on that assumption. I believe when we bring our imaginations to inanimate objects, we bring them to life …and they help us see the world in ways we might not have considered. Long live allegories!

  3. Nice memories! Take care, Nahla

  4. JoAnna, I also believe inanimate objects carry energy which make them feel alive.
    I have even written a poem on this. It is to some extent what you see or/and feel.
    Your mother saw a beautiful live flower, so to her it was.
    I have bought houses on the feel of energies like that and keep some objects just because
    they give comfort and a smile.
    Big question but really, is it so complicated?

    Miriam

  5. There are times I hesitate to throw things away for fear of hurting their feelings…

  6. JoAnna, so glad to hear that you have not been badly hit. Love the story behind the miracle flower. It’s a miracle, indeed, that so many of us survive with so little care and attention.

  7. Lots of people believe stuff that’s not true. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t imagining miracles. Good luck getting through all the stuff and memories.

  8. i’m happy knowing you are there, safe
    and able to clean up
    after the storm, dear JoAnna!
    may you feel safe & supported 🙂

  9. Happy to hear all is getting back to normal, and you are okay.
    It is a bit of a strange feeling to go through a loved ones personal effects, as many of them bring back memories. I’ve been doing some of that too, lately. ❤

  10. So glad to hear you’re coming out the other side. I know the progress might seem slow but you’ve got a good attitude — I hope cleanup goes smoothly at the Wilmington house!

  11. I’m glad you and your home are mostly OK. We can create relationship with anything, the exchange of energy is what matters to me. To miracle flowers! 🙂

  12. Glad to know you were safe through the hurricane, JoAnna.

    To me, I agree that truth is subjective. and of course a lot of people believe that inanimate things have life–the entire Hindu religion believes that the idols contain the spirit of Gods, and are Jagrata, which means ‘alive and awakened’! Faith could turn toxic, but it also has the power to induce compassion.

  13. JoAnna,, your mom’s belief in the miracle of the flowering tulip warms my heart. Stories such as yours are so nice to read and I surely hope that your story is accepted and published. I have four of the Chicken Soup books. Two of them are duplicates and I gave one to one of my friends. My friend was hesitant about taking the book because “all the stories end with the death of the pet
    It is true that one of the pet books had a sad ending in just about every story. I did not like that book either.

    I can relate to what you are having to do. I still must go through lots of things at my sister’s house. It is a lot of work. Photos and all kinds of nice dishes with all sorts of good stuff. I gave some things away but now will call a local charity called Caritas to come for some of the furniture. I will keep more items than I should but those things belonged to my parents.

    • It would be hard to enjoy a book where the pets died at the end of every story. The Miracle of Love is all about happy endings. But life is balance. I think it’s good to have a mix. Thanks for sharing your experience and understanding about going through loved one’s stuff. I’m sure I’ll be writing more about that as it is my main job right now. Talk about a mix of sadness and blessings….

      • I should clarify the chicken soup book. Not all the pets had died or met an untimely death but a good many of them did in that particular book. I do not remember which one is was but I read it anyway and it seems my friend had read one of them or one that was similar.

        And yes, we need a happy balance of life because that is how it goes. One will never live in a fairy tale setting. It just does not happen.

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