What does “Raining Orchids” mean?
I love orchids. I haven’t been successful growing orchids, yet. But, I love them none the less.
In my mind, the orchid is the true queen of flowers. Delicate, long lasting, fragrant, exotic. Less common than roses. Very desirable and lovely.
The idea of orchids relating to life was inspired by Marjorie Hillis’ 1937 book: Orchids On Your Budget. She explains the balance of budgeting for the happier things in life such as hosting parties and enjoying entertainments among other things. She also touches on the idea of making do and being truly happy about it.
If you are familiar with the phrase “raining cats and dogs”, translate that image to “raining orchids”. Orchids rain onto my life. Not in the sense of endless loveliness and happiness, but of blessings sometimes outright and sometimes disguised by difficulty.
This past weekend, I got to visit with my loved ones. I was able to cook copious amounts of food to serve them. I had some time with friends. We remembered the Easter promises. Yet, I thought about my mother, gone 16 years, yesterday. How much I miss her in so many ways. My heart aches for her and so many others gone.
But, my heart rejoices in the company of my great nieces! Age three and age 2 months, they bring a kind of joy only little ones can. And yes, I still get a thrill to see my adult children. Three of the most wonderful people on the planet. Period. And then there is him. He guards me, supports me, brings orchids into my life every day.
So many orchids in my life! People and circumstances that create endless love, happiness, and blessings, both outright and disguised.
Despite the books on growing them, I have lost the live orchids I had. These silk orchids on one of my treasure tables will have to do until I figure out how to grow the real things. Meanwhile, I will revel in the symbolic orchids raining throughout my life. Him, family, friends, a table of plenty, a Risen Savior.
P.S. 65 is the year I was born. I am too glad to be alive to worry about anyone knowing my true age!