November 1, 2013 - January 2, 2014
I had moved everything into my new home but I had to go back to my old apartment one more time to double check for anything left behind and vacuum before I turned in the keys. I went through and checked every room to make sure I didn't leave anything. I peeked into one of the closets and there they were; the old, dead and dried bouquet of flowers. I took them off the hook they were hanging from and went towards the door to throw them down the garbage chute. I stopped and turned around.
Should I take them with me? No, I couldn't. These flowers are from my past. I am headed toward a new future.
I stood in the hallway not knowing what to do. Eventually I hung the flowers back up where they were. Tears rolled down my face. I sat down in the middle of the hallway on the floor. I was so confused.
Why was this so hard? They are dead flowers! What the heck am I crying about?!
I grabbed my phone, still sobbing, and dialed my best friend. She was the person I went to whenever I needed comfort or prayer. She answered the phone. I babbled on and on about how I was moving my stuff out and I found these flowers that I had forgotten about. I explained that for some reason I couldn't throw them away. I couldn't take them with me either. What was I going to do? Why did I feel like a crazy person?
These were the first flowers I had ever gotten from a man. They were from a man I loved and love very much. He was like a disease, with no cure.
My friend listened to me patiently. She comforted me with heartfelt words and spoke with honesty. "You'll get your flowers one day."
We spoke a little more and hung up. I went back to the closet. I took my camera and snapped a picture of the flowers. I didn't have any plans for the picture but I just wanted to at least have a photo of it; proof that my memories weren't a figment of my imagination. These memories were real. I had experienced this human being and I was changed because of it.
Eleven months later, to the day, Flowers One Day opens.
Special thanks to: Leslianne Braunstein, Bud Hensgen, Broehe Karpenko, Rusty Lynn, Betsey Mayotte, Pam Moyer, Anita Naylor, Lisa and Jay Smith