A Bouquet


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.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to A Bouquet

  1. Anonymous says:

    How touching! What a friend!

  2. leggypeggy says:

    A very perfect moment.

  3. No fears, the blooms business is as bountiful as ever. Some $34.3 billion (note the B) in annual revenue in the U.S. alone. Unsurprisingly, Valentine’s Day & Mother’s Day claim huge chunks — each at nearly $2 billion for a total 25% share of holiday market. Colombia’s the top source for flowers sold in U.S. (perhaps your region too, possibly the very blooms held by that woman are from Colombia!) Flowers are never passe nor at risk of fading as gifts for others or self.

  4. Hunida says:

    Aw, what a sweet lady. ♡ My boyfriend has given me a few bouquets. I think they’re a nice gesture but my cats eat them so I prefer not to get them anymore. 😛

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