After all these years, it is most often flowers that bring my mother to mind. She had a stand of peonies from which she carefully snipped the heavy blooms and brought them into the house. The fragrance was often overpowering, but the delicate, full yet feathery incongruent raw edges of the petals made the flower all the more intriguing. We always lamented that their showy visit was much too brief.
The message or lesson: Find beauty within and show your God-given gifts to benefit others. Don't delay. In reality, our time is brief.