Friday, November 02, 2007

flower power

I noticed a couple of the women carrying them, these small somewhat wilted bouquets of flowers wrapped in plastic. The cheap kind, some fern, carnations, perhaps a daisy, that white stuff, some odds and ends. So after seeing three or four women walking by, one or two smelling their flowers but all of them carrying them proudly I noticed a man with a bucket walking towards me.

Want some flowers? All ladies deserve flowers.

So after politely declining in deference to others I asked him where he got them. He told me that he saw a man was throwing them away as he was on his way back to the shelter, day old flowers from a convenience store. The man said he could have the lot of them and so he carried them back to the shelter to pass them around.

And as I walked through the floor past the bunk beds and grey mattresses, bundles of old clothing, standard issue blankets and bulging plastic bags there they were, scattered on beds like little rainbows glowing under relentless florescent lights proving us hopeful against the tide.

We will not surrender, those flowers said. We matter, they declared. We are beautiful, they cried.

And for a small moment all was right in the world.

30 comments:

Family Adventure said...

Such a lovely gesture! So pure and selfless.

Heidi

Blog Antagonist said...

It's amazing how a flower can brighten your outlook, isn't it?

Oh, The Joys said...

I love the way you see the world, jen.

Beck said...

That was so kind of him - one of those small things that says something huge.

acumamakiki said...

flowers have a way of making the world right don't they? xo

Suz said...

He's right...all ladies do deserve flowers, especially those who might not have gotten them in a while.

Julie Pippert said...

That is simply beautiful. Such a thing. Beautiful.

Julie
Using My Words

Magpie said...

Sweet, dear gesture.

meno said...

It's a fact that a little natural beauty can uplift the whole day. This is a very cute story.

mamatulip said...

Beautiful.

Susanne said...

How sweet.

Sober Briquette said...

when we moved in here, there were a lot of zinnias of all different colors in the back. Fiona would cut them often, and i took to putting a single big pink one in a tiny vase on my nightstand.

I really liked it there, but we had a frost, so they're all gone now. We'll have to hunt for something hardy in the woods.

Kyla said...

Beautiful.

Momish said...

How nice of that man to spread cheer all around! Flowers are magical at times like that!

Jennifer said...

How do you do it? How do you make me cry, every time?

This is, simply, gorgeous. The writing, the story, the hope. All of it.

*sniff*

cce said...

Now I'm beginning to believe that your little slice of the world is so much nicer and more benevolent than mine. I'm so glad you get to rub up against the fact that they are truly good people on the planet.

Aliki2006 said...

Beautiful...I'll think about those gorgeous little flowers, and that wonderful man who shared them...

flutter said...

little things, hmm?

Janet said...

Those moments of beauty are killer, aren't they?

KC said...

A moment of perfection.

Mrs. Chicken said...

The shining beacon of humanity, in one small gesture. Wonderful.

bgirl said...

i can see the color, the life you describe, vibrant against the gray backdrop of the shelter.

painted maypole said...

i LOVE this. flowers are fantatic. I can't remember the last time I was given flowers....

Daisy said...

What a wonderful perspective. And what a sweet and generous man to do this.

liv said...

it does feel good to share, doesn't it? even when you feel like you have so little left.

alejna said...

This was so touching. Everyone deserves to have beauty in their lives.

mitzh said...

little thing really means the world.

crazymumma said...

It's those moments, the splash of colour.

nice jen.

Lawyer Mama said...

He's right. All ladies deserve flowers. All people do.

Amy Y said...

That is so beautiful!