A floral lesson

Two red roses were delivered to our table, which came from the local flower shop. The courier wouldn’t say who had ordered them. My wife and I were on a four-day break at a seaside resort, and each morning we would walk from the motel and order breakfast at a nearby outdoor café.

When I went to pay the bill, I asked the owner if she had arranged the flower delivery. She admitted she had, and said with great feeling, “You don’t know what a difference you’ve made in my life over the last four days!” She didn’t explain, and I didn’t feel the need to ask. During our brief morning visits to the café, we had passed the time with the owner, but hadn’t discussed any issues of deep import or heard of any problems in her life. And yet, those roses … 

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