A few weeks ago, Bridget—smiling mischievously—announced her plans to whisk me away to a surprise location.
She’d found a public rose garden within minutes of our house.
I think most people have some fondness for roses, but they’ve been significant to us since the beginning of our relationship. It was because of our shared love for an anime series about roses, Shoujo Kakumei Utena…
…that Bridget felt courageous enough to send me the love letter that changed both of our lives.
Years later, I got a stained-glass rose inspired by Utena tattooed on my shoulder…
Along with the rose from The Little Prince, inked on my chest. As a kid, I identified with The Little Prince—maybe because I felt like I was from another planet!—and as an adult, I recognized Bridget as my version of the Prince’s rose, my symbol of love, of home.
And, of course, we have both loved the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale since we were little girls. Bridget wrote a novel based upon the story, and the musical version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is precious to us both.
Roses have so much meaning for us, so I was feeling amazed and emotional when I stepped into this beautiful and unexpected rose garden for the first time.
Bridget had advised me to bring my camera, so I tried to capture the experience in photos as best as I could.
We had missed the peak of the season, and though there were still thousands of roses, many of them were fading–or home to hungry beetles.
But the beetles were beautiful, too.
There were other flowers besides roses in the garden.And beneath the trees, we found a wishing well. ❤
I am already looking forward to visiting the garden during early summer next year, when the buds are just beginning to wake up…
Of all of the roses, this was Bridget’s favorite:
And this was mine:
But I’m lucky enough to have married the prettiest rose in the whole world. ❤