Thursday, July 26, 2012

Grocery Store Find

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may...



I was standing waiting to pay for my groceries when I noticed the bucket of flowers on the end of the belt. "Are those roses really only $2.99?!" I asked the teenage clerk.

"Yes, but don't get those. They're not as fresh. There is a beautiful bouquet of watermelon red roses on the other register."

She eagerly skipped off to grab the bouquet she was talking about. Now they were lovely, but not quite what I had in mind. I tried to explain, "Those roses are fresh and perfect and uniform and these are growing old and shabby and have layers of depth and color." She looked a bit crestfallen. Then I encouraged her to buy them for her mother. She said, "Oh, I've been thinking that I should."

Here are mine...

~Old and Shabby with Layers of Depth and Color~



And somewhere in town, I hope that a bouquet of watermelon red roses sits on a mother's table — a gift from her teenage daughter.

Love Vee

49 comments:

  1. That is an great story!

    I hope those watermelon red roses are sitting on her mother's table too!

    Yours are lovely - especially the pink one!

    Deanna

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  2. Good choice, the colors are so soft and beautiful...good price on thesenbeauties.

    I hope the girl took your sweet advice.

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  3. You choose the best ones. I hope the mother has roses on her table at home today too.

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  4. I like the way you think and I hope there is a mother in Maine who also does :).
    Your shabby roses are beautiful.

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  5. The roses and your words are lovely!

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  6. Vee,

    Just gorgeous roses and gorgeous photos as well.

    Carol

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  7. How nice of you to make such a suggestion Vee. It may lead to a lifetime of "just because you're you surprises" from daughter to mother. What a good person you are...

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  8. Beautiful.
    The roses, and your kind suggestion.

    Smiles :)
    Kerin

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  9. Awww what a sweet story! Your "shabby" roses are so charming. I think I'll send some roses to my special daughter today - you've so inspired me!!!!

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  10. Aaaww, how sweet! And your photos are gorgeous!

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  11. Vee you are such a gift to us. What a great story. I agree the age makes a beauty that all cannot see, only the wise.
    QMM

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  12. Vee, I loved this post because it touches what I've been thinking about all week - how one comment from someone, even a stranger, can have a profound effect!

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  13. What a thoughtful suggestion! I am not sure that I would have thought of it. Good for you for being open to an opportunity!
    Enjoy your lovely roses!

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  14. She may not put it into perspective now, but I hope she remembers your conversation in years to come. I didn't like antique furniture, dishes, etc., when I was young. Now I appreciate the beauty of worn, shappy, and appreciate where they've been. The teenage clerk will wake up someday and see the beauty in them, too. - - Her mother may not be there, yet, either so just maybe it's a good thing you encouraged her to take the watermelon red ones as a gift to her mother.

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  15. The ripple edges of the pink petals are visually exciting! Usually florist just pluck the dried up edged petals off like on the apricot colored rose.

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  16. Sweet. I do feel more like the bouquet you bought! :0)

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  17. AW...I hope she did buy them...a memory for her mommy for sure.

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  18. Oh I love the interaction and sweet encouragement between you and the young cashier. Those roses are just lovely. What a lovely deal.
    I'm sitting here reading blogs when I should be packing the trailer for our annual get away.

    Just so you know. :)

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  19. I love the 'old and shabby with the layers of colour'! And I love that you encouraged a young gal to buy roses for here mama. There's nothing quite like a rose to brighten the day!

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  20. Good for you to defer to her mom, and encourage her to get the roses for her ... and isn't it funny how our tastes change, and old, tired roses seem more appealing than the fresh young ones?

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  21. What a nice way to help the young clerk feel good and also surprise her mother.
    Your shabby roses are so pretty, vee, and well worth $3 for the joy thye brought you!

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  22. Have you ever thought of going into the diplomatic corps?

    Love,

    S

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  23. you are so right (as always)! perfect is
    not the most beautiful. depth,
    irregularity, and personality is what
    counts . . . just as with people!

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  24. Old and shabby with layers ... does it take someone with a few years of living (like me) to appreciate the layers?

    What a great conversation!

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  25. I love your thoughts here and just couldn't agree more. Soo much more to beauty than perfection....the roses were beautiful. I love that the young girl was so eager to help too...but your reply back was perfect. Enjoy your day!

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  26. Your roses are lovely, Vee, and you made another mom happy, I am sure. And helped make a sweet mother-daughter memory. My mother used to cry when I gave her flowers unexpectedly. :) xo

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  27. Oh what a lovely story.
    Your roses are beautiful and so are you! : )

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  28. Love it. So much I could say but you said it best. (hug)

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  29. So beautiful!

    I bet your wish came true. :)

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  30. Having a hard time commenting because it isn't verification free anymore....But I love the roses and your suggestion. I'm going to try again to do this.

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  31. Really? I just checked and I only have comment moderation on posts older than five days. Hmmm...

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  32. Hi Vee, those roses are gorgeous. And for that price, I'm sure you were smiling all the way home.

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  33. You made someones mama smile today...so sweet of you to encourage that young clerk...love the flowers that you picked

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  34. Oh I hope that young girl carried those roses to her mom. What a treat that would be! I love your pretty roses, and what a great price!

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  35. They are lovely --- and I do hope that a lovely teenager was able to take the others home to her mom.

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  36. What a sweet thought...happy story and beautiful roses. I remember when my 4 boys were all at home and how they loved to surprise me with flowers and gifts. I haven't thought about that in awhile....!

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  37. Oh I hope she bought them for her mother. I like the older shabbier roses too when their edges are starting to turn brown. Pretty photos.

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  38. Now I'm wishing I had some lovely,shabby roses on my table!

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  39. My first visit! What a lovely blog you have. I have bookmarked you so I can come visit again!

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  40. I hope she bought them! I love a bouquet from the grocery store or place like that. It just brightens my day. I would love to have seen the watermelon colored ones, but I do happen to agree about the vintage look of the slightly aged ones.

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  41. Beautiful roses in my romanticized Maine :)

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  42. I can see why you were attracted to those roses. They are extremely lovely in a shabby way.

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  43. The roses are gorgeous and sure to brighten up your already lovely home!
    Hope you and John have a wonderful weekend.

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  44. Beautiful, such delicate colours.

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