February · Living and Learning · Photography · Postaday · Uncategorized

Loneliness

Alone and Beautiful
Alone and Beautiful

I took this picture the end of summer last year.  It was all alone – the last of its kind – blooming at the Denver Botanic Gardens.  It made me sad to see it so beautiful and so alone, mostly because this bloom and I have much in common.

While the rest of the Gardens was full of flowers blooming together in riotous color and abundance, this bloom was all alone, much like I have been most of my life.

I was a lonely child growing up.

I’ve had a long, lonely marriage.

And with age has come the intense loneliness and “grieving” for the babies who never came and the grandchildren who will never be.

Those supposedly much wiser than I have said that you can’t miss what you’ve never had.  They’re wrong.