Purple Carnations at the Hospital
--by earthling, posted Sep 15, 2006
"Yes - these are from a special friend" I managed to say looking at her for the first time. She was a janitor and while clearing the trash can, she had chanced upon the flowers. But why would she care? And she said 'purple carnations' precisely.
I asked her if she likes flowers. Her eyes lit up and she spoke in excited bursts. She LOVES flowers and in her garden, every flower that blooms each day gets a special hug and bye from her before she leaves for work. My God!
I told her that I've been getting a lot of flowers and after appreciating the boquets for an hour or so, we have been passing it on to the nurses station or other rooms in the hospital they could brighten up. And I'll be really really happy if she took them with her.
She was overwhelmed but being the nice person she is, she still tried to convince me that I should have half of them and she will happily take the rest home. I asked her if she could split it with someone else on the way instead and she was doubly happy.
She left, came back and said she'll be thinking of me whenever she sees purple. I almost choked. Such goodwill for something so small? I passed it on to the friend who brought me those flowers.