Gratitude and Joy

Day 137 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – Bouquets

A bouquet of flowers is so cheerful! It can lift your mood, encourage you to get better or offer sympathy. A vase full of flowers can brighten a room and even, sometimes, add a soft scent to the air.

Greg’s surprise of two bouquets in a week share a vase on my table.

Growing up, I was taught to always take flowers (or some other offering) when you go to someone’s home. Many of my friends learned the same thing and now, when they come to visit, I am the recipient of their gift.

A neighbor brought me tulips when they came for dinner.

I think it makes me a little sad that the tradition of taking flowers to someone in the hospital is going away. Allergies and aromas can be detrimental to the patient, so it seems like balloon bouquets have replaced flowers as the bearer of wishes for a speedy recovery.

Some hospitals (or certain wards) don’t allow flowers.

Most of all, I’m grateful for the unexpected surprise of a bouquet to express love. It’s the “I saw these and thought of you” sentiment for someone who fills your heart with love and joy. I have a neighbor whose husband buys her flowers almost every time he goes to the store for her. She fills a vase and enjoys the colors and aromas that represent what has become a tradition in their relationship. Despite the back and forth teasing the rest of us observe between them, the simple gesture shows how much they really love each other. 

When we were dating, Greg would often buy me roses.

We often buy flowers for our room even when we’re traveling. They bring a touch of hominess to our temporary home on the road. 

These tulips brightened our room on a trip to Boston.

There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. “Stop and smell the roses” along your journey, and bring some home with you!

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