Sunday, February 14, 2021

A Gentle Kind of Love

I've never been a big fan of Valentine's Day but as our children have grown, my husband and I have started celebrating it more. We don't go out to eat and he doesn't buy me jewelry or things like that, but he does give me flowers. Some years he has given our oldest daughter flowers as well, and the children often cut out and decorate paper hearts to give to one another. This year, my husband bought each of our children a little box of chocolates, which was a first for them.

This year, my husband gave me a small planter box of sweet pink miniature roses. He said he wanted to get me yellow roses because they were so pretty, but thought they meant "friendship" and therefore didn't match his intentions. I've never known what all of the rose colors mean, so I looked up what pink roses symbolize and this is what popped up: 

"Pink roses symbolize gratitude, grace, and joy. Overall, pink roses suggest a gentleness compared to the typical bright red rose." 

Other words that popped up in the search were admiration, elegance, and innocence. (In case you were wondering, red roses symbolize love, passion, and desire.)

We're not the romantic type, and while we absolutely love one another, our love is kind and gentle. Our marriage is one of joy and gratitude for one another. He supports my role at home with the children, and I support, encourage, and admire him as our provider. I think the pink roses are perfect to symbolize our marriage and how he looks at me as his wife. I can think of no better man that I would want to go through life with.

"Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."

 -Ephesians 5:33  (KJV)

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