I once read a story about a man with a flower.
He had picked it from a field of poppies for its petals were wilting.
He carried that flower for days,
sacrificing his own water to help it grow beautifully.
Eventually, he reached his destination
and watched the flower wilt.
He harvested the seeds and planted them at his mother’s grave,
for in the years that followed,
he would watch the blooming flowers give life to the deceased.
I think about that story often.
How the man gave beauty to the ill-fated.
And I think about us.
I too was once a wilted flower in a field of poppies,
until you gave me a chance to bloom beautifully.