Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Buying Flowers with a Side of Life

A lot of people think that buying flowers is a waste. I actually like the reminder that life is precious and beautiful and fleeting. It reminds me of the moment. Of breathing slower. Taking my time. Not worrying about the future.

It reminds me that all things are finite.

A bunch of flowers is like a timer, an hour glass reminder in a pretty vase reminding you to go live, before you too become wilted and ready for the compost.

People tend to only think things that last are a good investment but then everything that you usually find joy in is even more fleeting then that arrangement.

A good meal.

A good conversation.

A sunset.

A summer day.

A good laugh.

A run in the leaves.

Sex.

Happy hour with your friends.

A sense of accomplishment for a job well done.

All of these things will fall into the past forever quicker then a flower will wilt and I will take anyone of these over a million plastic flowers and lifetime guarantees.

6 comments:

Thomas said...

I can't abide giving flowers. Roses are beautiful, but as soon as you take them out of the ground, they're only going to live a short time longer because you've cut them off from their source. It's like taking a fish out of the water, admiring it for a time, and then watching as it dies.

oestrebunny said...

I've always thought that people spend too much time looking to their future that they forget to enjoy their present.

scargosun said...

I'll do you one step better, spending an hour cutting your own in a huge patch of zinnia's on a summer day. Taking them home as a reminder of the beautiful day.

Sarah said...

ah yes, the sex. fleeting memory. sigh.

Ma said...

word!!!
and speaking of flowers - they are the BEST in Hawaii

Simply Jolene said...

Love this post!!!