Monday, July 27, 2015

Ephemera


  Ephemera are things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a brief while. Ephemera also describes items of collectible memorabilia, usually written or printed, that were not meant to be permanent.

Day lily blooms are ephemeral -- each bloom lasts only a day -- hence the name. 

The other night I discovered a bit of ephemera in a book I was re-reading for the umpteenth time -- a magazine blow-in, pressed into duty as a book mark -- after being used for some preliminary planning for a baby quilt made, many years ago, by our community of friends. (Each person was supposed to choose what animal they would like to embroider.)

The ephemeral nature of this creased bit pf paper was underlined  for me by the fact that two of the women I'd listed  have passed on.     


"Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.
He cometh forth like a flower and is cut down. . ."
(Job 14)

When I was watering the green house this morning, I was thrilled to see a night-blooming cereus bud almost ready. Twice this year I've discovered them too late, limp and wilted the morning after their one night of glory. Will I manage to capture this one when it opens?

It's all so fleeting -- one day, one night, one span of years. We have to pay attention lest we miss something.



4 comments:

Ms. A said...

I have had times when I've stumbled on cards, letters and recipes written by my Mom, Dad, Aunt, Great Aunt and people that are no longer around. I cherish those things even more now, because I know I will never receive them again.

Jim Egerton said...

All the eons before and after our life cycle we have and will miss. This Garden of Eden is NOW if we make it happen. " Living in the present" is the greatest challenge.

Jim Egerton said...

All the eons before and after our life cycle we have and will miss. This Garden of Eden is NOW if we make it happen. " Living in the present" is the greatest challenge.

Thérèse said...

You made my memories come to life Vicky... Cereus flowers! One year I used to go to the Desert Botanical Garden every single morning to be sure and see one of them bloom...
See how ephemeral blooms can last for ever in one's mind!
Thank you Vicky, I'll have a special thought for these two lady friends of yours tonight.