Purple In Light And Shadows

Photograph by ©Omar Upegui R.

“It’s so curious: one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses.” —Colette

10 thoughts on “Purple In Light And Shadows”

  1. Married to the same woman for 61 years. Imagine that. I will be 82 in October and Patty will be 80 in October. We were married on the 12th of July in 1955. I was home from Japan on emergency leave because of father had died in June and I met her then. She was actually my very best friend’s girlfriend and had been all through high school but he went into the Air Force and found a girl he married out in Wyoming. When I came home in June she was available, so to speak, and I asked her for a date, got it and then we “ran off” and got married in Neighboring Indiana because that state didn’t require blood tests. Ohio did and they took 3 days so we were married and have been for 61 years.

  2. This is an inspiring story of a successful marriage. We were married on July 12, 1980 and plan to continue together “till death do us part”.

    Nowadays the institution of marriage is under siege. Same sex marriages and living together without getting married is a growing trend.

  3. Hola Omar,
    your byline says 32 years! I was thinking that I read 1980 some time on your blog, good to know those brain cells are still active. December for us will be 46 years, maybe registering our marriage twice, once in the Canal Zone and once with the Panama Registry, makes it permanent? haha
    Happy Late Anniversary to you and Aura!

  4. Hola Jim y Nena:

    Yeah, gotta fix that. Sorry! Thank you for those nice wishes. This year we celebrated our 36th anniversary. Time moves so fast. Only yesterday I was playing baseball in High School, and here I am, tickling the keyboard at 69. Wow!

  5. Not only that, your flowers are beautiful. I’m just positive that these are a species of Ruellia, the variety known as Mexican petunia. They grow here, too, but here they aren’t native. Still, there are other native petunias we have that are very nice.

    There are several websites I use for flower identification, but most of them are for Texas natives, or at least US flowers. There surely are lists for Panama that would help you out. And sometimes I just use google. You can’t believe how many plants I’ve identified by typing in a search term like “Texas native purple flower” and then just looking through the images. I do love those image searches!

  6. Beautiful purple flowers! Happy belated Anniversary….I’ve been lacking in reading and posting on blogs. I really like the quote you posted as well. We have been married 26 years and counting. Here’s to many more years ahead. Blessings!

    1. Happy anniversary to you too Barbara. It is so nice to see people marry and get old together after forming a family and share their lives together. We never had children, but nevertheless, it has been a happy marriage for us for more than 36 years.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the flowers. Can you imagine a world without flowers? No way, Jose! Enjoy the rest of the week. August is here and soon we will see Santa down the chimney. How fast time flies!

      1. Yes, it always so refreshing to see a couple grown old together. I would be sad if there were no flowers in the world to brighten and clothe and dress the foliage around us. August has come in with a bang and we have 92F weather today….going to hit the pool! Enjoy your week, as well, my dear Omar 🙂

  7. Drink a lot of water my dear friend, and stay away from the sun. Temperatures are bound to break world records. Climate change is real, and not a hoax, as some people are saying. Stay cool! 🙂

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