I received this email from my literary agent and dear friend, Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli. It was so beautiful, I asked if I could share. Thank you, dear Liz.
“So today is the first anniversary of dear Vince’s death. I want to share this little story with you and I’ve attached two pictures of Vincenzo’s Ghost. Here is the story: I’ve been having a big lump in throat and ache-y heart, which is natural, of course, but tough to take. I have a rare orchid that was given to me by an orchid lady (she knew everything about them!) in FL when V and I were living in Sarasota.
When we moved to Santa Fe, I brought all of my orchids and there are two that have survived the 10 years that we/I have now lived here. The rare one is a ‘ghost’ orchid. It is one of those orchids that needs to hang, leaviing all its roots exposed to the air (orchids are, after all, air plants). When it is in bloom, it produces these extremely delicate white flowers — and since the plant is hanging, one has the impression of little ghosts suspended in the air. My plant has gone into full bloom three times since I’ve lived here.
The last couple of years, while V was ill, it did not bloom — perhaps because I wasn’t focusing my love on my orchids as much as I used to — who knows?
Anyway, since I’ve been in my sweet little apt., I’ve lavished my love on my two old orchids and been given several more and they’ve all done well. About a week ago, I noticed the ghost orchid had a blossom bud! Only one. Last Friday afternoon it opened. It’s a bit bigger than usual, perhaps because it is the only one. That ghost flower has calmed me.
So here’s where I’m going to get a teensy bit woo-woo and say I believe it is my darling, sending me a message, calming me down, letting me know he loves me and how beautiful life is, so I need to just chill out!! I have attached a couple of pictures that Michael took Monday.
We are calling it Vincenzo’s Ghost. Look how it is shaped in a perfect heart… ”
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