Don’t Buy Me Flowers

When I dated my husband (a long time ago), I said to him, “Don’t buy me flowers. They just die.” 

How I have changed over the years!

I used to see flowers for their end result: wilted, limp and lifeless.  I couldn’t enjoy their moment in the sun or see their true beauty because I was clouded by things not yet to come. It’s interesting, as I look back, I see the same correlation with many aspects of my life at the time.  I was afraid to do things because of what might, or could, or would be. I didn’t want to stop and smell the flowers because it seemed a waste of time, let alone spend $20 for a bunch that would end in dust.

Becoming a mother changed me. It broke me down and built me back up again. It made me think differently about time and I’m so grateful! Now I see flowers for their unpretentious beauty. They are what they are and don’t pretend to be anything else.  They are here one day and gone the next; they grow and shine, and wither and die.  There’s beauty in that.

No longer do flowers seem like a waste of time and money to me. No. In their shining moments, they brighten my day and make the kids smile.  They remind me to make the most of the time I have and to live truth.

My husband is away for 2 weeks, and I noticed the local fruit shop had a Fresh Flower Friday which meant I could get 3 bunches of roses for $8. I didn’t hesitate. Each of the kids came home from school and gasped delightfully at the sight! 

What happiness! 

Don’t buy me flowers.

Pretty Flowers in mini mason jars

How cute are these mini mason jars?! I found them at Spotlight. They are almost as adorable as the smile of my daughter.

Cute mason jars

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    Oh my goodness, I so get what you mean!!! I was the very same until having my little girl too. Isn’t it funny how we change when we have a child? I was only just saying to someone how there’s no time for ourselves anymore but you know what, there’s so much you DO get out of having children and it’s more than worth it … Even if we are more tired than we used to be.

    YES! Bring me flowers I say!!! You couldn’t have said it better. Beautiful words!!!

  2. Kelly says

    so true! My husband always buys me flowers. I still feel that they are a waste of money, but since he still buys them, I try to enjoy them while they last. It’s interesting to see the change in perspective!

  3. says

    Not only do I love flowers now, I also love foliage. I have only come to love things in the moment since becoming a mother also, I think before then I was too selfish to understand or look at what is given in the moment. A lovely reflection xx

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