I have two stories to tell here. The first is of the difficulties my mother and mother-in-law faced when sending me a “quick recovery/Merry Christmas” gift. These ladies live in Spokane, Washington and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, respectively (yes there really is a Truth or Consequences). They both know I’m not the traditional Christmas bouquet type. They both had definite ideas of what they wanted. If only the florist trade was up to the challenge.
Luckily for me they both persisted and I received two “arrangements” that push the boundaries of what most florists create, especially this time of year. Sure there are Portland florists that specialize in modern succulent and cactus arrangements but when you are hundreds, or thousands, of miles away you don’t know who to call. You rely on your local florist (or the internet) to translate your desires to the far-away florist and then hold your breath with the recipient calls, hoping what they received is what you'd intended.
Shouldn’t it be easier?
The second story is how similar what my mother and mother-in-law sent turned out to be. Two different florists delivered on two different days, the second one had a laugh when she saw what the first had left.