When I turned 12, my father began sending me flowers for my birthday. And twenty-two years since then, he's still sending one every year. I worry about the costs he's incurring, with him and ma almost ready to retire, and him still spending on such thing like flowers for me. Mom had told me he'd been using greenhouses and farms instead of in gardens and fields, we do happen to pay more for them than we used to. These days, it costs more to buy and send a bouquet of flowers to the lady down the street than it is to just send her an email. But where's the romance in that?
In the name of authenticity and romance, people still send flowers. However, to be more economical, they make use of coupons like my dad. FTD.com coupons still remain his favorite when purchasing flowers. I've heard that my mom gets flowers every so often as well.
And it's not just the romantics, either. While every girl swoons over the thought of her sweetheart sending her flowers, wooing is not the only purpose flowers are sent out for.
It's amazing what people say with flowers, really. There are flowers sent for mourning - usually for the loss of a loved one, or in sympathy for those who have lost someone. There are also flowers for joyous occasions - the celebration of a birthday, an anniversary, or some right of passage like graduation. You also send flowers as a token of congratulations on either and achievement, a new job, or a new addition to the family.
It used to be that every flower was symbolic of a feeling or sentiment, and when people were not sure that words would be able to convey their feelings properly, they sent flowers. The red rose, for instance, was the symbol of passionate love, an imagery we are still familiar with today. Yellow tulips, on the other hand, carried the message of forgiveness, while giving someone a red carnation meant that while you appreciated the attraction they felt for you, all you could give them was friendship.
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