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The true meaning of roses

| Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005

Valentine's Day is nearing and many guys and girls are picking out not only valentines, but also gifts for the ones they love.

As we all know, the most common gifts given on Valentine's Day are valentines, chocolates and flowers.

And roses are the kind of flower most frequently given as a gift.

But many may not know there is a special meaning behind each color rose.

Giving a rose to someone is just like giving a card. You are telling them what you think of them and what they mean to you. So you must make sure that "right" someone gets the right message and someone you might see as just a friend doesn't get the wrong one.

For instance, red roses mean love, beauty, courage, romantic love, congratulations, job well done, sincere love, respect, courage and passion.

Yellow roses stand for joy, gladness, friendship, delight, the promise of a new beginning, welcome back, "Remember me," "I care" and jealousy.

Pink roses symbolize appreciation, thanks, grace, perfect happiness, admiration, happiness, gracefulness, gentleness, and "Please believe me."

Dark pink roses symbolize appreciation, gratitude and thanks. Light pink denotes admiration, sympathy, gentleness, grace, gladness, joy and sweetness.

White roses mean purity, innocence, silence, secrecy, reverence, humility, youthfulness, innocence, "I am worthy of you," heaven and charm.

Then there are yellow roses with red tips that show friendship and falling in love.

Orange justifies desire, fascination and enthusiasm.

Closing of the deal and "Let's get together" are both represented by the color peach.

The color coral simply means desire.

Purple, just like in many other instances, shows love at first sight and enhancement.

As for giving just a single rose of any color to someone, it would most likely be a sign of simplicity and gratitude.

But of all of these colors and meanings, the most commonly given rose would have to be a single red rose, which simply says, "I love you."

So if you are planning on getting a dear one roses for the holiday, make sure you stop and think about what message you're giving them before you actually give it.

Taylor Popelas is a sophomore at California Area High School.

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