This is an article that I wrote as a Guest Opinion for the Bucks County Courier Times.
Yesterday was another glorious day of passing out flowers to nursing home residents. I passed out a page with the lyrics to the song Unforgettable sung by Nat King Cole. A group of 20 seniors sitting in wheelchairs in a dining room – waiting for their lunch to be served. I started a conversation about who was unforgettable in their life and then talked about some famous people who were unforgettable to the world such as MLK, Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela. Leonard started singing the words, first very softly and then with gusto. It was beautiful. He was beautiful. He was singing with such feeling and love – he was singing it in his heart TO SOMEONE that he loved. To his wife who was no longer with him.
I had so many flowers that each person had several bouquets to take back to their rooms. Since May 20, more than 11,000 people have received the surprise gift of a bouquet of blooms. How can I continue to do this? Only the One who gave me the divine inspiration eight months ago knows the Divine Plan for the Happy Flower Day project. I am praying for an angel to help me with the expenses to continue to do this.
Two of my friends joined me to deliver flowers. No training necessary. Kate and Edie each held two bags and went right to work – delighting and surprising dozens of people with beautiful bouquets.
Please click to read the story that Edie Weinstein wrote for Beliefnet. Lots of pictures too.
This afternoon, after passing out a couple of dozen flowers at my church, I went to lunch at the Duck Deli. Of course, I had to pass them out there too. Edie and Kate suggested that we take the last five trash bags filled with beautiful bouquets to Doylestown. We spent about a half hour going in and out – to a variety store, a bookstore and a coffee shop…….so many smiles, so many surprised people, happy to receive a bouquet of flowers……a fun way to beat the winter blues!
Whenever you are able to visit us again, would you possibly consider being part of a “Flower Day” interactive activity with a group of residents? We would hold this activity in our large room on the 1st floor and could work with the residents to create different floral bouquets and put them in vases. Based on your availability, we would either schedule this for an afternoon (@ 2 PM) or else we could have it on one of the households @ 11 AM. Let me know your thoughts about this idea at your convenience. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you again.
Roses, roses, roses….every color……peach, white, pink and red roses. And bountiful bouquets of other kinds of petals and blooms. All of the leftovers from the Trader Joes’ stores generously donated for me to take to two nursing homes, a train station, people along the street and one 7-11 parking lot in Wyndmoor. I must admit, I am a bit exhausted today. They had so many flowers left over from the weekend. I think the flowers chase away the winter blues for a lot of people. What do you think?