why i don't like receiving flowers

Last Saturday, a groundbreaking discovery was made. 

I had just come back from having more of these cute little things attached to my veins,

when a large majority of my family met at my house for a small get-well-soon-get-together thing. I was surrounded by people, chocolate, Pringles and well-meaning copies of Vogue magazine. And, for the first time ever, I had been bought flowers.

Now, don't get me wrong, flowers are cute when they're alive and growing in soil, flourishing in the sunshine and swaying beneath the clouds, buuuut when they're been grown purely to be ripped out of their roots, tied with ribbon and wrapped in roughly manufactured plastic covers, I kind of don't want to be the beholder of them. 

I only realised that fact then, as I was handed a bunch of soon-to-be-dying yellow sunflowers. The realisation slapped me twice across my cheek and then once across the back of my head. It was obvious. I don't like receiving flowers.

Of course, I smiled and thanked my cousin for the DYING METAPHOR OF OUR FRIENDSHIP, but inside, I was internally groaning.

I don't want to sound like a horrible person, but for me to receive a bunch of dying lifeforms is a bit disheartening. Like, "here you go Amy; I know you're ill and would love some Ben & Jerry's or the newest Rachel Caine novel, but I'm going to be conventional and buy you something completely pointless, the one thing that billions of people are constantly bought again and again. It took exactly zero percent thoughtfulness and imagination, and it's going to slowly suffer as you watch it die - there's nothing you can do of course - but hey, here's some flowers. Get well soon!"

Okay, so that might be a slight exaggeration, and please don't think that I'm ungrateful as the sunflowers are beautiful, but at the same time, I would be a lot happier with a movie or even a cactus. Save the dying flowers for someone else.




Does anyone else in the whole entire universe agree with me, or am I the only conventional-flower-gift hater out here? Let me know!


~Don't even get me started on Christmas cards~

48 comments:

  1. I know! That's the same reason why I hate getting flowers; it's like, "Oh, they're so pretty! But they're going to die! And pretty things aren't meant to die! *starts crying*" It just makes me cringe real bad. (Sorry for the late reply of the comment you left on your blog; I would love to follow each other's blogs!)

    xoxo Morning
    http://theworldthroughmywindowsill.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ahaha I know right! But I haven't burst into tears whilst receiving flowers... yet xD
      Oh, and I already followed you :)

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  2. I've never been given flowers so I've not thought about it! I don't think it would really bother me...but...hehe, I can be a bit heartless I guess. >_< I was picking dandelions with my nephew today, but he kept throwing them away and I wanted to make them into a bunch. So I am a little sentimental. ;)

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    1. Awh, that's cute - but you have a nephew? How old is he?

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  3. You are probably the first person I ever met (physically or over the internet) who shares my thought about flowers. I feel the same about getting them and always can't help but feel sad. Nice to see your opinion here!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog
    P.S. your blog is a very friendly place - following you now!

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    1. Awh, that's so sweet! I'm glad I can finally relate to someone about it!

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  4. I'm not a big flower person either, but I do love sunflowers :) I was given a small cactus a few years ago though, and it's still alive! So I now give cactus's instead of flowers :D

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    1. Cacti are my favourites, but the last few I bought kept getting knocked over by my nephews and sister and they actually died, gr. But that's a great idea!

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  5. Love the flowers! Did you want to follow each other on GFC and Bloglovin'?

    xoxo Akinyi
    http://fitsonme.blogspot.com

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  6. Amy!! You always manage to make me laugh. I agree with you 100%. I've never been a huge fan of flowers because, like you said, they die. But the way you phrase it is too funny. Can't wait for your next post!

    P.S. I have no idea what GFC. Maybe that's something you can teach me ;)

    Xoxo. Alexis @ Lexi Swoons

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    1. Awh, thank you so much :)
      And GFC is Google Friend Connect ahaha!

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  7. Haha. I hate getting flowers too! Every time someone says they're gonna buy flowers or they're selling flowers I cringe, because it really is POINTLESS!! Chocolates are way better, or anything is really. Loving 'the dying metaphor of our friendship' Too true ;)

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. Ahaha thanks :) And chocolates sound perfect!

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  8. I'm with you girl. I hope you get better soon!
    Blog on // June

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  9. Amy!!! Get better soon. I totally agree with you. The old flower routine isn't really timeless anymore.

    P.S. Replying to your comment on my blog- I've added the GFC gadget now. And yes I do follow your blog.

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    1. Thank you, and sadly you're right.
      Oh, and awesome!

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  10. Eu acho as girassol perfeitas, mais linda postagem
    Blog: http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br
    Canal de youtube: http://www.youtube.com/NekitaReis

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  11. "Receive a bunch of dying lifeforms" haha You're so funny :D
    I love your blog, you have great ideas!
    I'm following you on gfc, hope you 'll follow me back :)
    xx, Veni

    Style with Veni | Fashion Blog

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    1. Awh, thank you so much :) And I'll check out your blog now!

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  12. Hi beautiful,
    I was just browsing through & stumbled upon your lovely blog - It looks gorgeous and it has interesting posts that I can relate to. I'm now following you via gfc, keep in touch love x

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  13. I like bouquets, but I certainly understand your thoughts. Out of curiosity, how would you feel about a potted plant?

    Thanks for leaving me a comment, btw! I replied to it on my blog. :)

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    1. Plotted plants are cool, but I'd still rather cacti or a small tomato tree or something.. sigh, I'm beginning to wonder if I'm a bit too picky!

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  14. This post is hilarious! I love your description of what a bouquet of flowers ACTUALLY is. I hope your cousin doesn't read this! :P

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    1. Ooh, could you imagine that? I'd feel so guilty xD

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  15. that was a good one.
    :)


    Ms. Kei


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    P.S.
    i am now following your blog
    through GFC & Bloglovin'.

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  16. Nice flower! <3

    http://31shadesofaubergine.blogspot.sk/

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  17. Love the flower

    New post in
    Www.miharujulie.com

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  18. i really like flowers as i think they're pretty, but if someone insisted on getting me a gift i think i'd prefer something else maybe? it is a kind gesture though

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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  19. Giving flowers to people is such a weird gesture, I mean I don't mind receiving them but they're going to die eventually?! Haha.
    xx

    amelia-kay.blogspot.com
    P.S. I nominated you for the liebster award, check it out on my blog x

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    1. It totally is! It's like the first person to receive a flower would have been pretty weirded out, no?
      And and and thank you so much for the nomination :)

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  20. i hate received flowers,same as you
    would you like to pass from my blog?
    new POST http://tr3ndygirl.com
    kiss

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  21. I actually like being given flowers/getting myself flowers. Really just because I love taking photos of them and I think they're pretty. But I laughed out loud throughout this post, and that's totally true about them being grown only to be ripped from the ground.

    AND, those torture devices are totally adorable (can you smell the sarcasm?). I hope you get those things off soon, and feel better!
    -sarah

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    1. Yes, ahaha I totally "smell the sarcasm"! And thank you, I know what you mean though :)

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  22. Darling how are you now??? I don't like receiving flowers either, except when my daughter plays outside and brings me back a bunch of weeds and poppies (cuteness!). Just followed you back by gfc!
    Baci,
    Coco
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

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    1. I'm alright thank you, and you?
      Awh, that really is the sweetest :3

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  23. get well soon :)

    HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE FLOWERS THEYRE LIKE BUNDLES OF JOY AND HOPE AND THE EXCITEMENT WHEN THE BUDS OPEN

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    1. Thank you c:

      BUT THEY DIE AND THEN YOU'RE LEFT WITH A ROTTEN CARCASS IN YOUR ROOM?

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