I was talking with a group of friends a few days ago and the subject turned to the break up of relationships. One of them had just split from her partner and was in need of comforting words. After a while, Celia, the oldest of us, broke in with a tale that left us open mouthed.
Fifteen years ago she met a man who she thought was going to be the love of her life. They had four blissful years together before things seemed to be going wrong. They seemed to lose their connection with each other and before long she felt that they had drifted so far apart that there was no way back. During a tense meal together in the restaurant where they’d had their first date (I wasn’t sure that it was the best location!!) she told him that it was over between them. He was upset naturally but seemed to accept that it was as much his fault as hers. They divided uo the belongings, she stayed in the apartment and he moved away and she thought that it was all over and she could get on with her life.
That was eleven years ago but every year since, on the anniversary of their first date and the anniversary of the day they split she receives a single flower through the post. Each time the flower is different and strangely each one is posted from a different part of the world. Because of this she has received some very unusual flowers. Now in those eleven years she has had a few new relationships but each one has failed, usually after only a couple of months and she is currently single.
We expected her to say that she had thrown away all the floral gifts she received but it turns out she has had each one preserved and has a plastic crate with a book of pressed flowers and boxes of preserved ones that wouldn’t press. With them she keeps the simple notes that accompany each flower. ‘True love never dies, it finds new ways to bloom’ As we are all very good friends I plucked up the courage to ask whether she is tempted to reply. And this is the saddest part of the story, there’s never an address so even if she wanted to, she couldn’t.
If you send flowers from Cosmea Gardens make sure the recipient knows where you are….otherwise you may never find out what effect they had!