By: Retired Pastor, Rev. Kay Alewine
One of the surest signs that winter has passed is “The Bird of Paradise” that is the first to bloom on the Island and in the immediate Gulf Coast area like the Texas City and Santa Fe areas. It is my favorite Gulf Coast flower of all!
While I have seen these amazing flowers all my life, it really didn’t register with me until I met the very first true love of my life! His name was Gordon, and he graduated LaMarque High School while I graduated from Ball High School in Galveston. Our paths first crossed when it was announced that a local area student was writing a musical called, “Bird of Paradise” and was asking for interested local talent to audition. What excitement as we showed up one by one at the High School to audition, and I got the lead female role! I was floating on air and never ever missed a rehearsal!
Our first performance was a huge hit and we were asked to repeat it. (In those days there was no “summer stock” shows so we made our own.) Our senior year closed all that down but Gordon and I remained close friends. At our Senior Prom he gave me a “Bird of Paradise” arm corsage – which was our custom back then!
While Gordon and I eventually parted our ways—he went to New York City – and even though I had already registered at Baylor University (THE University)—just a few days before I left for Baylor, I got a tremendous full music scholarship at Sam Houston State University that covered all my music major expenses (HUGE RELIEF) and half of my dorm room. Well, needless to say, my precious Dad, who had saved for years, was GREATLY relieved!
Please note the shape of the Bird of Paradise flower that has been posted on this blog, thanks to Kenneth, my second-born son. Can you see the that the major part of the body forms ‘the body” of the bird, and that the front part of the mature flowers serve as the bird’s front head and plumes and the rear plumes are the bird’s tale.
The truly amazing outcome of this story is that THE FIRST MAN I FELL IN LOVE WITH AT SHSTC BECAME MY HUSBAND AND THE FATHER OF ALAN our first-born son; and sadly the father of our second-born and first daughter, Karen, who passed shortly after her birth and is now with Our Lord in heaven!—AND Dr. KENNETH ALEWINE, our second-born son (who took these photos!)
NOW – HOW DID I KNOW THAT THIS WAS CLEARLY GOD’S WILL SO CLEARLY SO SOON?
BECAUSE I BEGAN PRAYING FOR THE CHILDREN I WOULD HAVE AND THE PEOPLE THEY WOULD MARRY WHEN I WAS TEN YEARS OLD! SELAH! Hebrew-Pause, and think about this!