FOOTSTEPS AND FINGERPRINTS
This coming week we observe the important observation of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. We remember our loved ones who have gone ahead of us with prayers, visits to their last resting place, and flowers.
Why flowers? Flowers are perhaps one of the most expressive forms of saying “We love you” as well as other messages. Whether on these holidays or on other occasions bouquets of fragrant blooms convey our love, respect and admiration as well as offering a bit of God’s beauty to the recipient.
What other messages do flowers send to all who see them? Of course we know that red roses symbolize love and romance. The red color also represents strength, courage, respect, and dedication to purpose.
But what about flowers of other colors?
White flowers evoke simple beauty and are often associated with innocence, humility, and reverence. A fresh floral arrangement dominated by white blossoms conveys modesty and elegance. White flowers also transmit feelings of sympathy.
Yellow flowers convey feelings of joy and lightheartedness and are viewed as a symbol of friendship. They are cheerful to look at and send a message of new beginnings and happiness.
Flowers with purple hues come to us from a tradition of royalty and ceremony representing dignity, pride and success. An arrangement filled with purple blooms may also send a strong message of accomplishment and admiration.
Think pink and we think of grace, gentleness and happiness. Pink blossoms bring the message of youthfulness, innocence and joy to the viewer. The color pink is also often associated with femininity.
And then there are blue flowers. I’m sure that when you receive a bouquet with blue flowers, you experience a sense of calmness and peace. The color blue calms worries and promotes openness and serenity. A blue floral arrangement offers a cooling antidote to anxiousness and helps to release any negative feelings or feelings of stress.
Along with blue and purple flowers, we can find the shade of lavender. While purple is the color of royalty and pink the color of youth, lavender is femininity all grown up. Violet flowers send a message of feminine beauty and represent grace and elegance.
Let’s not forget orange flowers. Bright and bold orange flowers bring a message of excitement and enthusiasm. They may be given in repayment for understanding, or as a gesture of sincerity symbolizing the desire for continuing friendship.
Last but not the least are green flowers. These are synonymous with nature and the perfect complement to any other bloom. The color green represents health, resilience, good fortune, rebirth, renewal and youth. When flowers, or even leaves, of various shades of green are mixed together in a bouquet, they send a message of optimism and renewal.