Wood Rose Anniversary

August 13, 2020

Today is the first anniversary of the death of my mother. I felt fortunate that my sister Joni was able to travel from Israel to Long Beach, California and to be with our mother when she died. When she returned to Israel, I gave her a small box that contained some wood rose bulbs that our mother had brought with her when our father (who was a career enlisted man in the U.S. Navy) was transferred after the Korean War from Hawaii to San Diego. According to the information on a website, this plant is categorized as an invasive species in Hawaii. Its seeds are also capable of remaining dormant quite some time. Since my sister’s return to Israel, a tiny wood rose plant has begun to grow, and she sent me some pictures to mark the occasion of this anniversary.

Wood Rose