I thought that starting the new year with a rose would be a good idea. It is full of symbols: New life, love and beauty. What more to wish for the year to come? This rose is very special as well. My mother-in-law, Wendy, passed away a few years ago after fighting cancer like a warrior. Eventually this terrible disease took over. She was in her early 50s. This rose was growing on her front porch and she loved her flowers so much. Even after she had left, her husband kept on taking care of those flowers that she loved so much.