Working in the flower shop for five years certainly left me with a large spectrum of stories and memories. One of the questions I would ask my customers was "what's the occasion?" Sometimes they would be ordering for somber occasions like funerals, other times for proms and weddings, but more often than not the flowers I sold were to start relationships, prolong relationships, or mend the broken ones.
Let me describe this person for you, Not to highlight gender, but most of the people needing flowers to add color to their relationships were men. Men of all ages. Some were nervous teenagers dressed to impress, others were weathered and middle aged, dragging their feet and mumbling under their breath as they slapped their credit cards against the counter "...this $60 arrangement better make everything right."
With every nervous boy gripping a single rose and grumpy guy lugging a vase-full of reminders of how much he screwed up, I always wondered how their stories played out. How the person receiving the flowers would react. Did the excited teenager get his very first kiss? Did the grump convince his partner that he was truly sorry?
Flowers lives are a lot like ours. They are born with a purpose, but their destination is unknown. They grow, they bloom, and they fill the world with whatever beauty they have to offer. They share their emotions through the colors, shapes, and smells of their petals. They say "cheese" in our pictures and they are there with us on the most eventful days of our lives, and on the "just because" days. They wilt and wither, but even though they are here for just a moment, their presence in those moments and pictures lasts within us and our relationships forever.
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