Roses for parents

Roses for parents
This picture is of my mother and me on our first Mother’s Day in 1966. Can you see my red rose?

Last spring I found myself planting roses in a new flower bed in our front yard, and I remembered back in my childhood all the rosebushes that my grandmothers and mother enjoyed.

Every year on Mother's Day or Father's Day my mother would cut each of us a rose to wear to church. The tradition was that you wore a red or pink rose for your mother or father, depending on the day of honor. You wore a white rose in memory of your mother or father if one had passed away.

I had not thought of this tradition in years. Maybe now that I have my own rose bushes, I'll start that tradition with my family.

Wanda Garren, Lincolnton, Rutherford EMC

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