The Emerald Girl

casual. classic. curious.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May Flowers

April showers certainly brought a bounty of May flowers to Seattle and I'm in heaven! The peonies at the market have exploded. Last week I bought 12 to delight my little apartment. Having fresh flowers in the house is certainly one of the little things in life that brings me so much joy. Peonies have such a lovely scent, it filled the air.

Rhododendrons are Washington's state flower and when they bloom it is miraculous because you realize they are EVERYWHERE! In this area, the bushes can be so old that they have grown to 10 or 15 feet in height. I love seeing them everywhere I go.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Death and social media

I'll try to be brief. Mostly because it's Matt's turn to sleep in tomorrow and for some reason I always feel the most compelled to write late at night.

I've been thinking about death lately. As a beautiful women recently passed. Someone I did not know at all. Social media has a bittersweet way of reminding us all that death is always near. Social media, voyeristic by nature, allows outsiders a rather intimate look into lives of those who have passed and those affected. It's interesting because, I think, a long time ago death was much more a part of the culture. Death really wasn't far away. It was experienced. Today, death is very removed from our society (unless, of course, it hits your circle). We may hear about it on the news or magazine covers but we don't feel it. I'm grateful for Instagram for reminding me that beautiful people are dying and that beautiful people are left without their loved ones. It sounds dark but for me it's a reminder that death happens and to love those around me deeply. To love my husband and my children profoundly. I may not get tomorrow. We are not promised even another minute on Earth. 

I also believe social media gives us a responsibility to pray never ceasing for other people. To pray for people we've never known because we see them, they have names and they tell us their stories. 

Anyway, I don't want to think about death. But I want to hold tight to never taking my life and the people I hold closest for granted.