Monday, March 21, 2011

Ain't He Somethin'?

He brought me flowers.

A huge bouquet of red carnations, brightening up my kitchen on these grey days.

I told Shannon back when we were dating a secret: most (most, not all, I know) girls would rather receive flowers from the grocery store frequently than flowers from a florist twice a year. I'm one of those girls. I hate to spend too much money on flowers because let's face it: they die. They don't last, and if anyone is going to spend $100 on something material, well, in my opinion, it should last more than a week. So Shannon has obliged me with lots and lots of reasonably priced bouquets of flowers over the years.

He's always on the quest for the perfect bouquet, it seems. He'll buy me roses and be disappointed when they die within a week, and buy me daisies or mums another time and be thrilled when they last. Yesterday's bouquet satisfied him completely: he keeps remarking that he "did better" this time than last time. "Well," I told him. "Carnations are a heartier flower. They aren't as fragile as roses or lilies. They last longer than those."

And seeing the understanding dawn over his face I knew one thing:

I'm going to be getting a lot of carnations in the future.

But you know what? I won't mind in the slightest. Flowers are flowers, and when they come from my guy as a surprise delivered to me while I'm up to my elbows in dinner prep or surrounded by every toy we own with a 14-month old running circles around me, they brighten up my day and bring a smile to my face, whether they cost him $5 or $100.


  1. He is somethin :-)

    One of my favorite stories that my mom would tell me growing up about her and my dad in their younger days was how even though they had very, very little money and a growing family, my dad would come home from work with a single flower for my mom every day that she was pregnant with me. Every day. It was only a single flower that cost a few cents at some nearby shop... but he'd take the time out of his day to do that for her.

  2. I love flowers for no reason! I agree, I would much rather get grocery store flowers ALL the time for no reason than the $100 bouquet on special occasions!

  3. Aww, so sweet! I'm with you! Don't spend a ton of money on flowers! Actually, the hubby has bought them very seldom because of that very reason. Now, he will bring me a coffee or chocolate!! Yum!

  4. I agree. Flowers picked out of the yard even make me smile. :)
    And totally off-topic, did you know Mike took 10 students to Nome for Spring Break? He loved it.


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