Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder

Good morning!

My hibiscus had its first bloom this year! I usually buy a new plant every year. But this one is different.

As a child, one of my favorite childhood memories was vacationing in Acapulco at the Las Brisas Hotel. Each villa was built on a terraced hillside and came with its own jeep and its own pool. They would provide a fresh basket of fruit poolside and float fresh hibiscus blooms on the top of the pool each morning.

Ever since then, I have loved hibiscus! I buy one every year, and place it on my front porch where it reminds me of tranquil ocean views of tropical places far away. Geographically, but not in my mind. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I’m not much of a gardener. I never have had rhe time for it. And the poison ivy always seemed to find me. My hibiscus plants usually die each year due to the hot Oklahoma summers. Even in the shade of the front porch.

But this past year, my husband talked me into moving it indoors and keeping it alive. Which is exactly what I did.

It’s been in and out on several occasions with our remodeling and our Oklahoma weather. But just a few days ago, we woke up to this. It’s first bloom of the year! It survived!

It’s the oddest color I’ve ever had! It’s certainly not Acapulco, but the 96 degree temperatures could fool you if you just close your eyes.

God’s creation is quite beautiful. It’s all around us. All we have to do is open our eyes.

I love Tulsa for its changing seasons. We experience all four of them each year. And so did my hibiscus.

I thank God for the beauty of summer. Hibiscus blooms. Lush green grass. Sparkling water all around us to refresh us.

For a few short months. Only to wither and transform to autumn. Change. It’s the fabric of life. Things live and die. But the word of God endures forever!

Happy unofficially Summer! šŸ˜Ž

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of Our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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