Saturday, March 21, 2009

Pink Saturday - Favorite Cousin

Beverly at How Sweet the Sound hosts Pink Saturday. Pause at her Place to see Plenty of other Pretty Pink items that Precious Pink Participating People are Presenting for your Pleasure.

I have a cousin, Marilyn, who has always been my favorite. She's eleven years older than I, and never seemed to mind whenever I was a pest. When I was five years old, I kept kissing her while she tried to put on her makeup for a date. I'm sure it was irritating, but she wouldn't say a word. Finally, my mother scolded, "Now, Sally, let Marilyn alone!"

I stuck out my lower lip and said, "I YUST wanted her to tie my bow!" Everyone laughed at that lie, and it turned into one of those family sayings.

Marilyn is the kindest person I know. She's standing on the porch of the house where I was born. At that time, it was my grandparents' home. Marilyn and her family owned it after our grandparents died. It stayed in the family for decades, but now it's owned by someone outside the family.

Marilyn lives way too far away in another state, and I don't see her very often. However, I think of her almost every day when I see this display of flowers.

When we moved into this house thirteen years ago, Marilyn and her husband came for a visit, along with his two sisters. During the visit, I described what I wanted in this spot. (Of course, I never thought that she was going to do this for me!) When she got home, she hunted until she found just the right container--this sweet white pitcher. (I wanted a white pitcher with plain lines, filled with soft pastel Pink flowers.) Then, she commissioned a florist to create this special assortment and had this beauty sent to me. It was exactly what I had envisioned!

Aren't they beautiful? For all these years, I've kept them here, except for Thanksgiving through Christmas. I look at this arrangement and think of Marilyn.

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Linda C said...

Good morning! I'm here to see your show and tell,but I have to say how beautiful this arrangement is. I just love it!

And your sweet memories behind it make it a treasure! Great photos!

PS-Your opening "P" paragraph gave me a giggle--very clever!:)

Happy Saturday!
Linda C

alicesg said...

Nice story about your cousin. She is a sweetie. The house looked so cozy and nice and the number 148 sounds like in cantonese "sure to prosper". Any number with 8 is favourite among cantonese. :) Happy Pink Saturday.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

How sweet Sally.. Marilyn must really be someone very special. I'm sure she'll appreciate the PINK flowers.

We don't have trouble with deer in our yard because we use "Liquid Fence". It's a spray which won't hurt anything (or them)--but they don't like it and therefore stay away. Tell your sister to go online and google "Liquid Fence". It really does work.

Have a great day.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I love your pitcher of flowers, and I love your story about it. What a thoughtful person Marilyn is, and how wonderful that you had such a kind and patient older cousin when you were growing up. laurie

Anonymous said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Sweet story.

~ Gabriela ~

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

What a sweet cousin. The arrangement is just beautiful and a teasure on top of that.
Thanks for sharing.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Sally,
Happy Pink Day! What a lovely arrangement! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.


Anonymous said...

What a great story---I hope Marilyn gets to read it!!! She was so thoughtful to purchase that pitcher, then have it filled with such a lovely arrangement.

Regarding the photos taken in businesses---I always ask permission (well, almost always! :) Typically, folks don't pay one bit of attention--unless it's a small boutique or shop. I ALWAYS get permission from a place such as that. They're usually glad to have the free advertising if I link them on my blog.

Happy Pink Sat! Dana

Judith said...

what a beautiful gift from your cousin and more so with the memories it contains. Take care, Judith

bj said...

What sweet memories of your favorite cousin. The arrangement is lovely.
We both posted of cousins today....
Happy Pink,

sara said...

Family is wonderful isn't it? The arrangement is beautiful!

Light and Voices said...

Happy first day of Spring! You have a lovely floral arrangement with memories ta boot.

Lori Lynn said...

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(¸.*´ (¸.*´* HAPPY PINK SATURDAY *

My name is Riet said...

That is such a lovely story. Happy pik Saturday

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Sweet Sally,
What a nice write up about your cousin! It was a very sweet story!
Happy Pink Saturday, hope your day is filled with wonderful pinkness!
Love, Ann

♥Mimi♥ said...

I just ♥ Pink Saturday. I am able to visit some gorgeous blogs, see loads of pink-a-licious goodies and have a wonderful morning to start the weekend. Thanks!

Betty said...

What a beautiful flower arrangement and how thoughtful and sweet your cousin was to know exactly what you wanted!
♥Happy Pink First Day of Spring♥

nikkicrumpet said...

Marilyn sounds like an amazing lady. How thoughtful of her to go to so much trouble to get the perfect thing for you. It is a lovely thing to have to remind you of such a special lady. And it is really beautiful too!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

what a sweet post..and a beautiful flower arrangement! Happy Pink Saturday and have a great first weekend of Spring ~ Susan

Glennis said...

What a lovely story and a sweet memory of your cousin. It's a beautiful arrangement, too!

have a great Pink Saturday - I love your waterlily photo, too!

Anonymous said...

Sally, what ever they say about artificial flowers they haven't seen yours. I love them also. They look as fresh as the day you received them from your sweet cousin. I love Cousins also.
Happy PS
Love Claudie

Anonymous said...

What a sweet story!!!!!!!

Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

Beautiful Flowers!

akawest said...

What a sweet story. The flowers are lovely.

Simply Debbie said...


Chandy said...

Happy Pink Saturday! I love those flowers, they're so beautiful! I'll see you on Blue Monday, it'll be my first time!

Anonymous said...

Your flower arrangement is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Sally; I really enjoyed reading about your lovely cousin. She sounds like a great person. Those flowers are so pretty... Happy Pink Saturday


Claudia said...

Your cousin, Marilyn, sounds like a lovely person! How nice of you to honor her on Pink Saturday!

KatCollects said...

Great post about your cousin, very sweet. Happy Pink Saturday.

Kris said...

Happy PS

What a sweet story. How thoughtful of your cousin to send you the beautiful pitcher with the roses.

Have a happy day


nancy said...

This is so beautiful! I'm really getting into pink just now. I decided to do my kitchen in rose and chocolate colors. It's a bit of a challenge, as primary colors are still the majority of things I see. Although, a visit to the resale shop today was rewarded with a nice little pitcher.
Those roses in your white pitcher look so fresh. Love it.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful flowers and such a kind thought. Happy Pink Saturday.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

happy PS Sally and that is one pretty pink arrangement!.. love the flowers.. so sweet.. have a good wekend!

Cottage Contessa said...

Hi Sally, Happy Pink Saturday! This is such a lovely post, it's wonderful to see such a wonderful friendship between you and your cousin. See on you Blue Monday!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Anonymous said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Sally. I know I'm a day late - and I'm a dollar short, too. ;-)

Your cousin certainly is a special person for you. I have a cousin that is eleven years older than me, too. We share funny memories that make us laugh.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a wonderful and caring gift and your tribute to your cousin is so touching. Lovely story. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally I'm playing catch up today. Saturday is always a hard day for making comments. It is always extra busy.

Your story about your cousin is soooo sweet. She is very attractive. It is neat that she lived in the house where you were born. Too bad you don't get to see her very much. The flowers and container are lovely and I know she loves you very much. I too have a cousin Marilyn. She is my age though. I have talked about her in previous posts. She comes to visit for about 10 days every year. She will be here soon. in fact.


Libby's Library said...

A lovely story.
I looked high and low, for something Pink, in my house. The only thing I found was a little bow on a teddy bear;)

xinex said...

This is perfdect, Sally, so beautiful! Your cousin, Marilyn is very thoguhtful , no wonder she is your favorite...Christine

Anonymous said...

What a sweet, wonderful, thoughtful gift -- and a sweet, wonderful, thoughtful cousin behind it!

Char said...

wonderful story and having the same house in the fam all this time is great. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Unknown said...

Hi Sally,
Love the beautiful flowers and your thoughts about your cousin!

Hope you have had a great weekend!

:) Diane

Lady Katherine said...

Hi, Thank you for the Birthday wishes! I have heard a lot about your blog website. I enjoyed a lot of your followers post On Blue Monday. I love the chocolate bunny in th cloche. The flowers are so lovely and special! Thank for stopping by to visit me.

Anonymous said...

Aaawww Marilyn seems like a nice, sweet lady. Her gift with the beautiful pink flower arrangement is beautiful.

♥ Kathy said...

That is very pretty Sally. Sorry it took me so long to get here. I hope you had a nice weekend ♥

Deanna said...

What a wonderful and very beautiful lady your cousin Marilyn is. I love that she had a special bouquet created just for you.

A lovely post indeed!

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ Happy Belated Pink Saturday!
Deanna :D

Unknown said...

Oh sweet! What a great story!