I can’t recall the last time I saw someone taking flowers to someone. It probably isn’t rare, but I just never see it. I know there is a flower shop or flower corner at the grocery store, but I have only seen people buying potted poinsettias at Christmas time. Do people still send flowers? Do people want flowers as a gift? Had flowers become passé? And if so, when did that happen?
When I lived in Japan, flowers were often taken when invited to a person’s house. Nobody wanted to show up empty handed, and flowers were considered a good gift because it wouldn’t clash with anything the host had prepared food-wise and drink-wise. Additionally, florists in Japan did a good job of arranging nice bouquets inexpensively.
These thoughts and many others raced around my head as an older woman entered the bus clutching the bouquet you see above. After talking with her, she allowed me to take a photo of them, though she was adamant that she not be in the picture. She explained that she was taking them, and a gift that was dangling in a bag in her other hand, to her friend at the nursing home.
What a lovely friend. What a Perfect Moment.