Monday, October 06, 2014
Clashing flowers and funerals
A friend recently gave me a bunch of flowers with a weird assortment of lilies, gerberas and chrysanthemums, none of which really went with each other. Aesthetically-speaking, I couldn't bear to put them in the same vase but thought I'd try floating these completely unmatching gerberas in a bowl. As I recently said about Swiss geraniums, I don't much like pink and red together; and I don't like orange at all, anywhere - I have no orange flowers in my garden. But somehow these three together almost work. I wouldn't like the combination in a cushion or curtains. But as a temporary vaseful - just about all right.
From which important announcement you may deduce that nothing much is happening around here.
Being the age we are, alas, we've been to a few funerals recently - and this must have been on my mind because last night I dreamt about going to another one. I'm not sure who the deceased was, but in the dream my attention was focused on the order of service. Nowadays, orders of service often have more than one photo of the person who's died, usually a younger and an older one. We did this for both of my parents - after all, what age is the real you? (as I've pondered before). The two most recent funerals we've attended have featured multiple photos with other family members in them too. So in my dream I went a bit further: the order of service had a link to click on which gave a message recorded for the purpose by the departed (prior to departure).
The congregation would all have to have tablets, or whatever, to download the document but I'm sure it's a matter of time. Should I patent the idea now? And what would you say in your message? And how emotional would that make the funeral?