Beginnings

It all started by the rose bouquets in Costco. "Boy, those are beautiful and only 15 bucks," I said to myself. I knew I could make someone's day. After way too much deliberating over colors, I grabbed a bunch and checked out.

Back in the car I got to thinking. If I could make one person happy with 24 roses, why not make 24 people happy with one rose?

Driving home I decided which neighbor to visit first. What fun it was to show up on her doorstep with an unexpected gift! (Way more fun for me than for her, I'm sure.) After a brief visit, it came to me...why not ask her where I should take the next rose? She sent me to another neighbor. "This rose is from Rebecca," I said. After some delightful chit chat, I said very formally, "I have another flower. To whom shall I give it?"

This was giddy fun! I went all around the neighborhood.

The third-to-last person sent me to someone I didn't know a few streets away. And she told me the first friend who popped into her mind. Little did she know that this friend was grieving the passing of her dog. I was glad I stood on her doorstep that day with my last flower.

This was a few years ago. Since then I've played the game many times because it makes me happy. I've branched out of my neighborhood and been all over the valley, meeting diverse, wonderful people.

Someone said I should write a book about my adventures. I think this little blog will suffice for my own remembrances. And maybe someone reading will be inspired to start their own game, their own way.

8 comments:

languagemcr said...

I heard about your lovely "game" from my mom. You continue to inspire me. Thank you for writing it.

Charla Anne said...

What a sweet and thoughtful idea! I love it! May God bless you in a special way. xox

Megan D. said...

So happy you are writing all these down!

Little Bunny said...

Today- I was lucky enough to be apart of your wonderful make people feel good gesture. Thank you - so much! I loved it!! It made my day! Thank you for taking the time and effort to make others (and me) -have a better day and feel special!!! It was so much fun to have such a surprise that is not only heartfelt from my loved ones but also from a total stranger making such an effort to better the world we live in.It was also nice to get to know you- sorry I didn't have more time to chat. You have inspired me.Thank you!!

Erika said...

Now I really
think there's a book in here....

Kathy Felt said...

Thank you so much for sharing yourself and your lovely smile with me as I got my hair cut a week ago. And thank you for helping me let my mother know how much she is appreciated. You brightened several corners of my world that day and helped me be ready to go do the same for my husband and children.

Thank you and God bless!

Anonymous said...

Just read your blog posts regarding your experiences and how you started. Love it. What a bright spot of sunshine in the world! Got me thinking about what I can do....... so thanks!

four speckled frogs said...

You are amazing. You always have been. Even as a young girl you were always kind, thoughtful and looking out for those around you. I love thinking about the funny sticker notes we used to send back and forth. It makes me smile..BIG!!! I remember sitting in my backyard talking about middle school. I remember sleep overs on your back deck. I remember your dad singing, "Here she comes…Miss America!" LOL. Your home was a happy home and I can see you have created the same for you and your children. You are a great example of warmth! Love you!!!