I bought a rose plant the other day while at the grocery store. It seemed like a brave, hopeful act at the time – buying the plant, not going to the grocery store though that takes a certain kind of something right now.
I went my usual route through the store, only backwards, and the last place I walked by was the floral department. Lots of flowers – lots and lots of flowers and especially the green variety in observance of an unobserved St. Patrick’s Day. I love cut flowers, the brighter, the better. And there were a lot at the store; no toilet paper, no frozen peas, but roses and mums and tulips and hydrangea and daffodils and what have you.
So there, amid so many flowers just waiting to brighten someone’s day, was a sweet miniature rose plant, in dirt, complete with miniature trellis. Both my grandmothers grew roses, as did my mom when she had a proper garden with proper sunshine. I once grew roses in the southwest corner of my yard in Wisconsin and they did well. When we moved a few miles away and I tried transplanting them, they died.
I aspire to grow roses but I don’t, but what with all the things happening, I thought I might start small. I put that little rose in my cart and thought to myself, I hope when this pandemic is over it’s still alive. I hope when this pandemic is over it’s grown a little. I hope when this pandemic is over I can plant it in proper dirt.
So maybe the point of buying the little rose was not my agricultural aspirations, or my tie to my maternal roots, but the hope that this pandemic will be over, eventually, and we’ll all go outside and plant things, and we’ll go to the grocery and find what we need and be super sweet to the super clerks.
I don’t know when that will be. But I know that it will be, and I want you to know that too.