You can see how the Eden Climber went from a pale yellow with pink in the upper right photo to white with pink once it fully opened. The Sunny Knockout starts out yellow and turns white and the White Rambler has pink buds before opening to live up to its name. This got me to thinking about life. Once you grow up and are out of your parents' care you never think you will be any different then you are right then. Ken has been reading the letters he sent to me from Vietnam 48 years ago. He was unable to bring home my letters to him but he often refers to what I wrote to him. I not only do not remember most of the things I wrote about, but I wonder, "Who is that person?!" It is not at all who I am today. Yet, I FEEL like the same person. My tastes have changed, too, but I think I was too easily influenced by the styles of my friends when I was younger. Now, whether it's clothing or furniture, I buy what appeals to me.
So my question to you this month is this: Do you feel like you're the same person now as you were when you were younger? Have your tastes changed dramatically? What in particular is different about you?
I know I've grown cynical--something I'm trying not to be. But the longer one lives the more reason one has to BE cynical. Perhaps it's because I was very naive when I left home at 18. I quickly found if I was to survive in the real world I mustn't be. Now I wish I could regain some of that naivety. I suppose gardening is my way to combat cynicism. I know that once the hot weather sets in bringing with it humidity, then add relentless sun and no rain and my garden seems not worth the effort. Yet......each Spring I tidy my garden, buy more plants to replace the ones that did not survive the harsh weather and hope for the best.
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