Conversation With a Clematis Flower

November 15, 2021

Reflections, Day 38

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

–Marie Curie

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

I turned and did a double-take.

There, at the base of our mailbox was a beautiful blue clematis flower—several of them, I noticed with my third look. I smiled.

“Well, hello, clematis flower,” I said. “I didn’t expect to find you here in the middle of the second week in November.”

“Well,” she replied, “it has been such a lovely summer and fall with plenty of nourishing moisture. I was getting ready to shed my leaves and undress for my winter rest, but then I thought, ‘why not give it one more try’?”

I’ve been told that sometimes we can speak with the flowers through mental waves but it always sounded far-fetched. As I spoke with the clematis flower, though, I realized that I wasn’t talking with my voice, I was projecting and receiving in my mind.

She continued, “I opened up a couple of petals and felt the air. It felt just like spring. I told my buddies to come on out and try it out. They joined me in opening and rejoicing just one more time this year.”

—john schulz

Smile, Breathe, Go slow

Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at

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