Monday, March 08, 2010


All of us get those email jokes and inspiring stories that circulate. Some I read, others I delete, depending on how much time I have. I received this one the other day. The title caught my attention and then after I read it, it made me think.

Here’s the email:
What is celibacy?
It can be a choice in life, or a condition imposed by circumstances.
While attending a marriage counseling weekend, Walter and his wife Ann, listened to the instructor as he explained, “It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.”
He then addressed the men, “Can you name your wife’s favorite flower?”
Walter leaned over, touched Ann’s arm gently, and whispered, “Gold Medal All-Purpose, right?”
And thus began Walter’s life of celibacy…

Okay, the celibacy part didn’t make me think. After I smiled, I wondered after many years of marriage, did my husband know my favorite flower? Did I know my favorite flower? Through the years my tastes have changed. When I was younger I loved roses, still do. Don’t we all? My favorite was yellow roses. When I got married, my mom and I argued about the flowers. I wanted the bridesmaids to carry a long stem yellow rose. She wanted them to carry a bouquet of mixed spring flowers. They carried the rose (and that battle wasn’t easy to win since she was paying for the flowers).

After I read the email I sat wondering what is my favorite flower today? I like roses, irises, tulips, Gerber daises, lilies, just about anything. You give me flowers and I’ll love them. I’m not picky anymore. I decided not to test the hubby since I couldn’t quite decide on a favorite flower.

A few days later was our anniversary and, Bless his heart, I kid you not he came home with yellow roses.

I was so excited I said, “You remembered.”

He smiled and replied, “Sure I remembered. It’s our anniversary.”

I took a whiff of the flowers. “I meant about the yellow roses.”

He got that deer in the headlights look. “Uh…well…” I could see he didn’t remember so he did some fast thinking and went with the truth. “I went in for red roses but the lady said she was low and could do a mixture. I told her no I’d try somewhere else. She said her supplier sent her too many yellow roses and she’d let me have a dozen on sale. I told her she had a deal.”

Gotta love a man who gets it right—by accident—and on sale.

I guess when it comes down to it, I still love yellow roses. And the husband.

What’s your favorite flower? Or are you like me—just happy to get flowers.

Skylar’s Outlaw – Jan ‘10


Leigh Duncan said...

Gotta love a hubby who gets it right, and on accident. I'm like you in that any flower is a good flower but...chocolate is always better.

Nicole S said...

To plant I love Lily of the Valley, but to receive I'd love any especially if they're purple since that's my favorite color.

Pamela Stone said...

Hi Linda. I'm like you, love almost any flower. Even my wedding was almost identical, with the exception that I wanted my bridesmaids to carry a single long-stemmed red rose. I also had to fight my mom on that one.

But my husband doesn't buy me flowers any longer and it's my fault. I'm also the money manager of this 36 year marriage. When the kids were small, hubby got transferred, so we were selling a house and buying another. He was working grueling hours so I was handling almost everything else along with wrangling two little boys, ages 2 and 4. Money was tight. My birthday comes along in the middle of this and he sent me a dozen long-stemmed red roses (to his credit, he did remember that I loved red roses). So the delivery guys comes to the door and I place this beautiful vase of roses on the closest moving box in the midst of chaos. When hubby walked through the door, did I even say thanks? No! I asked how much he spent on them. How romantic can one young wife be, huh? Thus, the end of him sending flowers. But we both do love to plant flowers in the yard. So that's something.

Estella said...

I don't think I ever met a flower I didn't like.

Victoria said...

I love blooming potted plants that I can put in the yard later. And I love shamrocks. They have delicate little white or purple flowers. My husband buys me flowers occasionally when he can't think of anything else (even though I keep a gift folder in the drawer to give him suggestions!) I'm always sad when the flowers die, though, and I tend to dry way too many of them. I just added a batch of roses to my compost heap. What an inglorious end to such beauties! Your yellow roses were beautiful, Linda.

Linda Warren said...

Yes, chocolate is always better, but we've been trying to diet since the holidays so he knew I'd devour them and then complain. LOL


Linda Warren said...

I love Lily of the Valley too, and lately I've been drawn to purple. Bought a purple blouse and when I got it home I realized I had one almost just like it. But I loved the color.


Linda Warren said...

Our moms must have grown up during the same time. I was an only daughter and, wow, did my mom have ideas for my wedding. We laughed about it many, many years later.

Oh, no, your poor hubby. I didn't ask my hubby how much they cost, but when you're watching pennies, it's an understandable question, especially when you're managing the money. We've actually been married longer than you. I don't even ask any more. And they were on sale. LOL


Linda Warren said...

Me, too. I love all flowers.

Linda Warren said...

A gift folder. What a wonderful idea. When we were first married, my hubby was under the mistaken assumption that I liked kitchen appliances. Not!!

You're right. It's so sad when the beautiful flowers die and have to be thrown out. A lot of times he'll give me a potted plant for the yard. That's why I was shocked to see the roses, especially after reading the email.

Lois said...

At this point, I would be quite happy to get any type of flower if it's not from my Mom on my birthday. LOL But she does get red roses, because, well, I like red roses, so I guess I can't complain too much. LOL :)


Linda Warren said...

Everyone loves red roses, me included. But I'll take anything, even wild flowers from the yard. LOL There's just something about getting flowers. Here's hoping you get red roses from a special someone real soon.

Rebecca Winters said...

I adore all flowers but I must admit I love begonias, gardenias and camelias very much.

Linda Warren said...

Oh, gardenias, yes! I'd forgotten about them. We have a bush on the side of our house and when it's in bloom, which will be soon, their fragrance is so-o-o wonderful. Thanks for reminding me.

CC Coburn said...

Isn't there something about The Yellow Rose of Texas? :-)

Gorgeous bouquet, Linda, you're a lucky girl to have such a romantic (and thrifty!) hubby.

linda s said...

I love surprise flowers. Last night dsil brought me a huge bouquet of Daisies. For no reason. My favourite kind of flower.

Virginia C said...

I love Sunflowers : ) I am happy that your husband started out with good intentions, skirted a road block, and ended up doing the right thing in spite of himself!