Rows and rows of colorful bouquets, this neighborhood corner store definitely knows how to catch the attention of passersby. On the corner of Dundas St. and N Templeton Dr. in Vancouver, this beautiful display of flowers surrounds the outskirts of this local market. I’ve driven past this corner several times on my way into Downtown Vancouver, wanting to stop every time. There’s nothing quite like the sight of vibrant petals bundled into a gorgeous arrangement.
I still remember the first time I received flowers from an admirer. It was in high school on Valentine’s Day and had a note signed off with -SA. Silly me automatically assumed it was his initials until a friend pointed out it probably stood for “secret admirer”. I remember feeling embarrassed, carrying this carnation around school, drawing attention from classmates, accompanied by ooo’s and aaa’s.
My outlook on receiving and gifting flowers has changed ever since, haha. A bouquet is unlike a present, it doesn’t require opening, rather love and attention for growth. My favourite kinds to purchase are those growers bunch where the receiver can watch the flowers bloom. There’s this quote I once read that I think is written beautifully:
“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thich Nhat Hanh.
The gift of flowers is not only beautiful but embraced with meaning.
What are your thoughts on gifting flowers?