The first week of June was, thankfully, a little slower, at least on the social scene. Goodness knows we've all been running nonstop from party to party over the past two months.
My one outing was to the Governor's Mansion June 1, where first lady Donna Edwards and Gov. John Bel Edwards dedicated the mansion's rose garden in memory of Rose Landry Long, the late wife of state Sen. Gerald Long, of Winnfield.
"I don't know if you noticed, but the sun came out during Rev. (Rodney) Wood's prayer," said the governor on what was predominantly an overcast afternoon. "I think that's God smiling at what we're doing here today."
The first lady explained how the rose garden was refurbished by members of a Bible study group of legislative spouses begun by Rose Long when her husband took office in 2008, as well as members of the Legislative Spouses Auxiliary Association, of which she was a former president. After consulting with experts at LSU, it was determined that the previous rose bushes were more than 30 years old and needed to be replaced.
"We all rolled up our sleeves and planted the 76 rose bushes you see here today," said Donna Edwards.
Sen. Long was joined by children Andrea Phillips, Pam Jordan and Richard Long in thanking the Edwardses and those who worked to make the garden a reality. He also thanked Senate President John Alario, who called for recess so Long's fellow senators could attend the dedication. Long then went on to quote a Bible passage from 2 Corinthians which he said summed up his Rose: "To God we are the fragrance of Christ."