TSM 226 — forever rose

We meet here every Tuesday morning at Rosie’s cafe, to sip coffee and converse about what’s happened since last week. It’s ordinary things we talk about, like what our kids have been up to, yard work planned and/or completed, what chapter we’re on in our current books, what episode on our current series.

We’ve filled each Tuesday morning with each other in our calendars for over twenty-five years. You’re married. I’m single again these last five years. You know how I feel. You may feel the same way. Yet neither of us chooses to examine the blushing blossom on the thick sturdy stem too closely. It remains in suspended animation, even as its fragrance perfumes the air.


Carrie is the host of The Sunday Muse.

43 Comments Add yours

  1. I guess it must be a pretty good recurring conversation that keeps them from paying attention to the blushing blossom. I have to admit this could be me. I’m not the best observer. The thing I’m wondering is, if that blushing blossom is there every Tuesday, it’s probably fake. Could that be the reason why they don’t pay attention to it?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s a mystery that may never be solved, Christian.

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  2. Helen says:

    Our Driveway Drinkers has met every Friday (give or take several due to impossible weather) since April 2020. I often wonder how much of ourselves is shared. I know full well much of myself they do not know, nor will they ever.
    Your prose is insightful, just like you, Lisa.

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    1. Helen says:

      Uh Oh, pardon my poor grammar … should be Drinkers “have met”

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    2. msjadeli says:

      Driveway Drinkers sounds like a fun time, and maybe it is respite from getting too real? Thanks for reading and your lovely comment, Helen.

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  3. Sadje says:

    So subtle and sweet.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome my friend

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  4. Gentle and thoughtful and so perceptive, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Marion, thank you.

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  5. Susie Clevenger says:

    A continuing conversation that unites and leaves a bit of mystery. love it

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Susie, for reading and your comment.

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  6. Carrie V. H. says:

    I absolutely love this Lisa! The overview the conversation and the deeper feelings going on!! The metaphor of the flower at the end is brilliant!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Carrie, thank you and glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. Badfinger (Max) says:

    That would be me…details are hard for me to notice…wonderful story though

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Max, thank you. I’m often clueless myself.

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        I’m the kind of person where people will wave to on the street as I’m driving…I never notice them…I could have never been a lawyer.

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  8. memadtwo says:

    Sometimes you can push things too far. This may be the best possible space for this relationship. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly so, Kerfe.

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  9. get2alieze1 says:

    You’re welcome Rosie.

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  10. Gillena Cox says:

    Wow!!! this is beautiful the conversations and the gaps left to be filled in.

    Happy Sunday

    much💛love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Gillena, thanks much, glad you like it.

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  11. Dale says:

    I love this special friendship that dares not go any deeper. I feel a sort of respect in the fact one is still married so they keep it where no one can get hurt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Nice insights there, Dale.

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      1. Dale says:

        Glad you think so!

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  12. wyndolynne says:

    The unresolved in perfect suspension. Love this.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Wyndolynne.

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  13. so much left to the imagination, Lisa ~ but not too much! Just perfect!


    David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, David ❤

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  14. Jim says:

    Your confidences have deteriorated since becoming singe. Importance also of privateness is almost a secret, parts are. I don’t know if this is you or your here, but being single loses some joys, I was for three years. I called it having three years of freedom.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading, Jim, and your comment. Just like anything, being single has its pluses and minuses wouldn’t you say?

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  15. Jim says:

    p.s. I’m edging into a sabbatical, probably for the entire month of September. A few prompts or thoughts and moods might win over once in a while.
    ..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jim, do what you have to do. Take it easy buddy!

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  16. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Well, I adore a mystery myself. And I often find that reality is a great bubble burster. Like things are better in our imagination/musings than real life sometimes….? It doesn’t stop me from feeling the longing. I remember that longing. It can be intense, almost too much so, when unresolved, but what sweet torture……..! Props to your vivid poetic intensity, Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Stacie, if I can’t convince you to write another book, I will have to remain satisfied with your comments, which always delight me. Thank You.

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      1. selizabryangmailcom says:

        Aw, man, you just made my day…again! lol
        Thanks, Li. And thank YOU for always delighting with your writing……….

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  17. A lovely mystery, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sara, thank you, it really is.

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  18. Sunra Rainz says:

    This felt so authentic. It reads like a true love story, secretive, with its own rules. A great interpretation of the image. Really thought-provoking. It raises so many interesting questions for me. Like, if that relationship has lasted so long, surely it’s successful too even though it’s clandestine? Because the heart wants what the heart wants. And it’s amazing how many people do this, you know! It never fails to surprise me (not me, I hasten to add!) 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sunra, your comment is insightful and appreciated. Thank you so much ❤

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      1. Sunra Rainz says:

        You’re most welcome, Lisa 🙂

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  19. Truedessa says:

    This could easily turn into a short story. You have interesting characters, plot and a bit of mystery.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Truedessa!

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