Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Pretty flowers brighten more than your day

mango flowers, flower bouquet



My husband came home from work the other day with a bouquet of flowers for me. Bright, cheerful, orange-yellow-mango flowers - my favourite colours - fresh and springy on a cold, grey February day.


Why? Just because.



Everyone seems to be against the whole "buying flowers to say I love you" thing lately (particularly with Valentines Day this month, the ultimate manufactured Hallmark holiday that so many people seem to hate) and I get that - I understand why men shouldn't feel obligated to buy flowers for their wife or girlfriend in order to prove their love - but I don't care who you are, a bouquet of pretty flowers every now and again makes a girl feel special. Yes, they're perishable. Yes, they can be expensive - especially for something so perishable. But a little gesture to remind someone that you're thinking about them even when they're not around can really go a long way.

And it's those little gestures that keep a relationship going; even more so when your relationship has to endure the daily trials of house and home and children - mortgage, money, school, sports, playdates, parties, groceries, errands, laundry, dishes, housekeeping. It's hard to have a date night when you have young children. It's hard to feel sexy when you barely have time to shower and are operating on three hours' sleep and it's hard to feel romantic when the extent of your interaction most days is a coded conversation about report cards or temper tantrums over the children's heads at the dinner table.

But it's important to keep the love alive and the sense that you're a couple and that you're in this together and there's something special you share just the two of you - and if something as simple as a small bouquet of flowers every now and again can say all that, then that's a little gesture well worth making.


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