Thursday, August 04, 2011

It’s the little things

July 2011 071

You want to send flowers to a friend in hospital in Manhattan.

First you ring the hospital to check you’re allowed to send flowers.

Then you ring up a florist in Manhattan to order flowers. You discuss the flowers you want (they say it’s a bad idea to send fragrant flowers to someone in hospital, and no they don’t know what sea holly is, or eryngium, and they say you must send a vase as well if they’re going to a US hospital) and you tell them the flowers you don’t want (carnations, chrysanthemums.)

And then they take your name. What? Egworth? Epworse? You spell it out.

Then you tell them your message – Get better soon, lots of love, Sue and Dave.

And a few hours later you get an email saying –

Just got beautiful flowers along with the lovely wish to

'Get Well Soom'


galant said...

Ooh, if that wasn't so pathetic it would be rib-ticklingly funny! Or should that be fummy? Was there any reason to send prickly sea holly? Perhaps your friend in hospital has a particular penchant for this plant. But like you, I don't care to be sent carnations or chrysanths (having said that, not all the dianthus family are blowsy show-offs. Think of delicious clove pinks and sweet williams!
Margaret P

Sue Hepworth said...

Sea holly is such a lovely colour and it's not as if she's going to cuddle it. Yes - clove pinks are lovely, but sweet williams are not my thing.

Sue Hepworth said...

And of course sea holly is such a pretty an interesting shape as well.