7/7/13

Storytelling Sunday: Peonies

Hello everyone,

It's the first Sunday of the month, the moment to share our precious things at Sian's "From High in the Sky" for Storytelling Sunday. This month's theme has to do with travel.

This morning, I went to the farmer's market and by chance, I noticed a bouquet of peonies.  You might wonder what could be the link with travel. For me, the connexion between these 2 themes is instantaneous: it transported me back to my time in Portland, OR. 
A few days before leaving Portland, I was feeling blue to return to France so I bought myself a gorgeous bouquet of peonies in a really expensive flower boutique (I had never indulged in anything like that before) to soften the pain of going. 
To this day, I still remember these flowers, so when I saw some today, I thought it was high time I bought some again (it's been 9 years…). 
They are opening up, so I couldn't NOT think about this quote by my favorite journaler, Anais Nin:


"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

I thought about it because it applied to the bouquet itself first but also because it reflects how I feel right now. Perfect timing. Synchronicity. 
What's your most precious thing? If you feel like answering, head to Sian's blog or just grab a cup of something and read the other contributions. 

Sabrina.

17 comments:

  1. A very thoughtful post. Peonies are precious to me too as they were my grandpa's favourite flowers. He was a talented artist and often painted them from his own garden.

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  2. Hi Sabrina, it's lovely to see you joining in today and with such a perfect gem of a story. It stands out like a beautiful flower itslef and I like it very much indeed. Thank you.

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  3. a beautiful flower - a lovely inspirational quote and a very thoughtful post and moving story, thanks for sharing. J x

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  4. What a beautiful flower and quote!

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  5. Lovely post! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment :)

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  6. Beautiful shot of the peony, not a flower we tend to buy over here and mine in the garden have been and gone. Thank you for visiting x

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  7. These these lovely blooms remind me of my grandmothers' gardens and the quote from Nin is the perfect accompaniment. They always pushed me to go forward with courage and faith, no matter what. Thanks for leading me to this lovely memory.

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  8. Our peonies have come and gone now, but they always transport me back to my childhood in Ohio when we picked them to take to the cemetery on Memorial Day. What a lovely quote---it's a new one for me. Thanks for the lovely story.

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  9. A beautiful photo and a lovely story. Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. I love peonies and my mu has a garden full of them. Thank you for sharing and thank you also for your lovely words about my great grandfather. It makes everything my relatives did seem much more real. I wish I had met him,
    Jo xxx

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  11. This is beautiful, the flower, the words, the quote, the symbolism! Perfect, just perfect.

    Thank you for reading my story too.

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  12. That quote was the perfect ending to your story today. Love it!

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  13. Such a lovely post and I think the quote it perfect x

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  14. That is one of my favorite quotes and has applied many times in my life!

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  15. Peonies are such beautiful flowers....and. What a perfect quote you have chosen!
    Alison xx

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  16. What lovely memories evoked by such a beautiful flower.

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  17. What a stunning flower?! They are my very favourite and I am so happy that they give you such lovely memories. Wonderful quote too and very apt for me right now too.

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