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My Mother's Elegance
Friday, October 07, 2016

"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades."
Audrey Hepburn

Rosa 'English Elegance' October 7, 2016


My mother's birthday is on October 11th. I always get melancholy on the days preceding the anniversary. Today I looked at my fading Rosa 'English Elegance' which still had a couple of lovely open blooms. I wondered how I could show here a bit of my mother's supreme elegance. That she had legs that were only matched by my Rosemary's did help a tad. My mother knew how to dress. Having been born in Manila she liked to wear those Filipino "butterfly" dresses made of highly starched  jusi pineapple fiber. She knew how to wear jewels and could flip open and close a Spanish fan with skill and applomb. And she wore beautiful high heeled shoes that made her 5'9'' height look even taller.


I know that she would have fallen for the spell of Rosa 'English Elegance' as I have for so many years. Enclosed here is her favourite China cup and saucer. I am sure that I would have never been able to explain to her that I drink my tea from large ceramic mugs.

Alas! I only inherited her legs.






     

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