Along with our love for cycling, Amsterdam is also a perfect city to explore by foot. On Saturdays, I like to stroll down the block my neighborhood flower stand and pick up a fresh bouquet. This particular Saturday was October 27, what would have been my sweet Granny’s 101st birthday.
Every year, we would order my grandmother a beautiful birthday bouquet filled to the brim with bright berries, autumn leaves and flowers in a rich autumnal palette, her favorite. She passed away last year and when her 100th birthday arrived without her, I was heartbroken… yet still inspired to continue our tradition. It still stings knowing that I can’t share the life I’ve built here in Amsterdam with her but I’ll continue to celebrate her life with a flourishing bouquet that I know she would have loved.
This year’s bouquet dried beautifully with ever fragrant eucalyptus so, I kept it a while longer. As the flowers withered, new textures and colors emerged, inspiring me to create. It’s our nature to resist aging, as it inevitably leads to a demise, but with age, a new layer of beauty unfolds. Seeing as change is the only constant, we may as well try to embrace it every step of the way and find something positive, even in tough circumstances.