I was given this rose to bring home from a funeral I did this morning. She made it to 100 plus 10 days or so, and she was a character. She was still coming to church every Sunday when I started in the parish, and one of the sweetest photos I have is of her hanging decorations on the tree in the narthex along with one of the children.

At first I wasn’t going to bring the flower home because we’re leaving tomorrow on vacation and I knew I’d only have a very short time to appreciate it.

But isn’t that just the point.