- At Home
It’s the little things that mean the most…the memories, the sacrifice, and the thoughts behind them. In my eyes, they are the most precious things of all!
The last two years of our lives were consumed with the building of our Malibu home. David has a gift and a talent for visualizing something beautiful out of an empty space. By empty, I mean a dirt lot, much of which was covered by weeds.
Most people say building, remodeling, or even decorating can get the best of a couple’s relationship. In my case it was quite the opposite. I have learned to pick my battles and creating a paradise was all DAVID.
He has been saving his childhood JEEP since he was 16 years old to pass on to our son. That’s 22 YEARS!!! The “Junker” (hopefully he doesn’t read this) was parked in front of our home for years. One day I came home and it was gone.
David traded it in for 200 rose bushes! He lovingly planted them in our yard and created a garden for me that would make Martha Stewart proud. It was one of the most precious gifts I had ever received. Coming from David, it meant the world to me. I love roses! I have spent many mornings cutting, pruning, and admiring their many stages. I have multi-colored arrangements in many rooms at home.
I have to admit that the roses were not much to look at the first summer he planted them, then there was the night the deer came in and wiped them out completely. What a divine meal that must have been!!
It’s been two summers now and after much love, patience and grooming, my garden is breathtaking!!! Most importantly, the most romantic man in the world gave them to me.
I have proof now, that if you’re attentive and nurturing to something, it will grow. Beautiful things take time and love. Kind of like the corny relationship proverb: Water your garden… It’s a traditional saying which expresses an obvious truth.
When my son wonders what happened to his Papa’s vintage Jeep, I will show him this photo and thank him for many beautiful moments that I spent in my rose garden that his Papa gave to me. I will tell him how it filled my collection of vases throughout our house. I will tell him how I took care of it and how it gave so much back to me.