I found these winter beauties on the bush beneath my mother's bedroom window and placed them in a bowl which belonged to her mother. Amidst all of the Christmas displays, there is none more beautiful than the Empress of Winter.
In Chinese tradition, a camellia's perfectly symmetrical form symbolizes the expression of long lasting devotion. After the death of my mother, I was asked to recall one word that described her. The first word that came to my mind was "devoted." Mother always signed her cards to me, "Devotedly, Mom."
What a timely reminder these camellias are of my mother's long lasting devotion to me . . . not to mention that of my Father above.
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