Orb of Love

Orb of Love in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Petrified Orb with sedum Angelina (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

My husband, Ged, and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary.  But honestly, we almost missed it!  While having our morning coffee together, we discussed the upcoming weekend.  And then we started counting.  Ooops.  So, the next question was, what are we going to do?  Normally we plan a long weekend in Rhode Island, however this year our schedules were too discombobulated.  Instead, we agreed to have dinner to celebrate, and we would do something “special” when time permitted.  Well, time went by and nothing permitted …

A few months later, I was driving through a nearby town and saw a shop that I always wanted to check out.  When I popped in, I was greeted with a vast selection of antiquities and rarities.  I wandered around in this visual wonderland until stumbling upon some various sized orbs spread out on the floor.  The sales person explained that they were balls made from petrified wood.  How interesting.  They looked like little planets.  And there was one that I was particularly drawn to.  Until I saw the price, and my practical self said “What are you going to do with that?”  I had to admit I didn’t have a clue.  Thanking the salesperson, I headed home.

But on the drive home, that sphere haunted me.  I kept thinking about those magical orbs and the possible uses.  And then it came to me!  I could create a design for our 25 year anniversary with this ball; a sphere that took nature thousands of years to create.  What better form to symbolize our strong bond?  When I got home, I described the orbs to my husband and we made plans to look at them the following weekend.

Orb of Love in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Another Angle of Orb (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

After a cozy breakfast the next Sunday, we headed off on our adventure.  When we arrived at the shop, Ged slowly walked around amongst the artifacts until he came to the orbs.  He studied them for a little while and I asked him which one he liked.  He answered (like he always does), with a question:  “Which one do you like?”  I insisted that he choose, assuring that whichever orb he picked, I would be happy with.

Without hesitation, he reached down and selected the same orb I was so enamored with.  This mutually chosen petrified sphere will hereafter be known as our “orb of love.” ♥♥♥

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  1. Kathy,
    What a beautiful story and a beautiful way to symbolize your enduring love! Congratulations to you and GED. Thank you for sharing this very special post.

    • Thank you Michele. Perhaps other couples will break out of the traditional mold and try something more in tune to what they’re interested in!

  2. I just adore you guys! What a great story. I want to to be you when I grow up!

    • How time flies . . . I can’t believe another year has gone by. And, we almost missed it again! No, actually we went out to dinner and a movie: “Despicable Me 2”, which was hilarious! We were the only adults (armed with our 3-D glasses) in the theater. So, let’s not grow up too soon, my friend. Enjoy! XO~

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