I don’t know that I have talked about living in Europe for 4 years. Well, now I am. And I did. It was from that experience in my early 20’s which changed forever the way I see life and living. It was there I learned the European love affair with flowers. This Flower Love has stayed with me since. Flowers aren’t just something special you buy for your sweetheart on an anniversary they are part of everyday life. You go to the market and pick up a baguette, cheese, wine and a bouquet of flowers. It is just what is done. I quickly became accustomed to a little bouquet on my table. Keep in mind that these little posies were not grand affairs. Usually a single type of flower in a little clear vase. Simple perfection.
I am happy to report that my sweet husband shares my love of fresh flowers. Each week he picks up a bouquet of tulips at the store. Tulips have a special significance for us When we moved into our first home just after we were married our realtor (and friend) left a vase with tulips on the kitchen counter welcoming us home. The moment has stayed with us. What a lovely thing to have that reminder each weekend from the love of my life. I would miss not having those blooms on the kitchen table. And the best part? When the boys are with their Father at the store and he hasn’t picked them out yet, they remember and remind him. How great that flower love is part of their world too.
A visitor stopped by the other day and remarked on the beauty of the tete et tete daffodils blooming in the dining room. I put the little container in a glass candle holder surrounded by moss right where I can see it as I walk by. The thing which struck me about her comments was the implication that somehow it was extravagant to have these little beauties. “But they don’t last long” and are “expensive”. Actually, not so much.
The little container of tete et tete daffodils cost $3.99 at Trader Joe’s. The have been blooming for a week and I think they will for another. So this is how I calculate it. Those little yellow beauties will bring a smile to my face for two weeks at the bargain cost of $4.00…just $2.00 per week.
And the little vase of tulips on the bathroom sink? One bunch of tulips ($6.99) fills 4 jars…enough for perching on bedside tables and the counter in the powder room. I can’t buy a latte for that and it certainly wouldn’t last as long or bring me as much joy. Joie de Vivre. It is about those little choices. (Oh, and the jar was in the dollar section at Target!)
An update on my little field of grass from my previous Easter decorations post…it is growing and growing. At first it was pretty sparse looking…I actually had to fill in with more grass seed. But now I think I am on the right track and I’ll have a mini field ready for decorated eggs!