Of course I had to write for this prompt. I am surrounded by buckets of flowers every day. I have been for the last fifteen plus years, off and on. Miller’s Florist is like my second home. I started working there when I was in high school. I grew up there. I raised my first two babies there. I was lucky to be able to bring them to work with me.
But as I think of this prompt, it is hard. What flowers would best describe a bouquet about me?
I design floral arrangements everyday. I could do it in my sleep. The flowers don’t always talk to me. They are my tools, part of the business. When you are around them everyday, you forget to notice each one’s uniqueness and individuality.
So at work while I was thinking of this prompt, I started to pay more attention. The buds and blooms softly call my attention; soft and silvery lamonium, each million star of babies breath, weedy and wild solidago, daisies, carnations, lilies, roses, and that last hydrangea that is begging me to use it for a nice and expensive bouquet. Rose petals fold around each other like a perfect piece of artwork.
They wait in the cooler, some of their heads tangled together, some of them standing in bunches, waiting to be grabbed, cut, and sent out.
A white larkspur leans in the green bucket, waiting to be included in a tall vase. Long viney buds fly away in crazy green spirals from its base. Maybe I can be a larkspur. I have lots of little ones surrounding me all of the time. I’m not tall, but I’m skinny again (finally! three babies in two years takes a while to lose that weight).
I asked Connie, What flowers do you think represent you? If you were a bouquet, what would be in it?”
“I love heather. That is one of my favorites,” she said. “I like lilies, too. They open up like arms for a hug. They are versatile. You can put them in an everyday arrangement or you can dress them up.”
“That is it,” we both said at the same time.
“Definitely you. You can fit in anywhere,” I laughed.
Hmmmm….what flowers are in my bouquet?
I am everything.
I am the droopy headed asters when I’m tired, but always with a sunny middle and smile.
I am big thick sunflowers standing in the sun. I have a strong and sturdy base.
I am zinnias that grow wild in my garden. I tend to go every which way in a flurry of color and excitement.
I am delicate violets who thrive in the light. I like lots of attention, but can be left alone on the window sill and thrive, just like these fuzzy leaved plants.
I am a venus fly trap who captures and makes its own food. I can make a meal (edible, but not delicious) out of just about anything.
I am versatile. I am unique. I am a wildflower bouquet with a little bit of this, and a lot of that, and put in some of this… a little bit of everything. You just have to look real close. You never know what you may find.