• A Single Rose In The Midst Of Thorns

    I was in Comanche, Texas one day in the late fall when I decided to make a quick stop by the office. I didn’t have a lot of time and my steps were hurried, my boots making a loud crunching sound as I flew over the fallen leaves. Suddenly, right in the path of my next step there appeared a gorgeous piece of color, alone amidst the brown hues of the fall day.

    Even in my hurry, there was nothing for me to do but grab a camera and wonder why a lone rose was blooming from a stem of thorns that I had never seen before, a rose that immediately brightened my day just by being there. As clearly as if it has spoken aloud, that little rose reminded me of just how many times I have promised myself that I will be a rose for someone, only to let the cares and the worries of life consume me to the point that I forget my resolution.

    Standing there in the cold afternoon, I gazed and thought of just how many roses have blessed my life at times when I desperately needed them, people who put out a needed hand or maybe nothing more than a smile that brightened an otherwise dark day.

    There have been those who sent a card and those who brought a casserole, those who made a phone call that could not have been easy to make. And maybe most of all, there have been those who did nothing, just stood silently beside me, their presence letting me know just how much they cared.

    I’m not one who makes a lot of New Year’s resolutions, but this year I have decided that I am resolute in my belief that we all need a rose in our lives, and if we all need a rose, that means that we all must also be a rose for someone else.

    With that many roses blooming across the country, who knows just how many dark days we can brighten for someone else?

    Here at Texansunited.com we wish you a Wonderful New Year. May you have many, many roses blooming for you and through you.


    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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