Saturday, February 18, 2017

Yellow Rose of Texas ...

Do you know the story of the Yellow Rose of Texas? While it is a commonly know song here in Texas, many don't know that the Real Yellow Rose of Texas was supposedly a free African-American woman from Connecticut named Emily D. West signed a one-year contract with Colonel James Morgan to work as a housekeeper in New Washington (later known as Morgan’s Point), a small settlement in Texas. In mid-April 1836, Mexican troops commanded by General Antonio López de Santa Anna arrived at New Washington. After looting and burning the settlement, Santa Anna and his soldiers forced Emily West to accompany them when they left several days later. (Summary from History.com)



Only much later, in the mid-20th century, would West (sometimes misidentified as Emily Morgan) be linked with the popular song “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” which was apparently composed in the 1850s by a songwriter identified only as “J.K.” Though West’s connection with the song has no basis in fact, the association became so powerful that many scholars accepted it as authentic.

I can't remember a time when I saw yellow roses without thinking of the song and story.

A few weeks ago, my dear sweet husband brought me some yellow roses. He's sweet like that. Well, I placed these beautiful flowers on the fireplace mantle and for some reason, they dried really beautifully. What I mean is, I don't know why they dried so lifelike when most of my roses generally fall apart as they die. they don't usually looks so pretty.  

I took them outside and shook them to get rid of dead leaves and petals that we;re secure. Now I'm trying to find a way to preserve the buds that stayed together, but I thought I'd share these photos I took of them before the "cleanse". 




Well, I could stare at these all day, but I must get back to some half-finished projects before we get started on our Saturday adventures!

Until next time, stay #creativelyinspired!


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