How long does it take to pass out 60 bouquets to strangers on the streets of a small town?

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Kind of a dreary and rainy day. Perfect for passing out a little sunshine wrapped as floral bouquets.There was no rhyme or reason for stopping at the McDonald’s first, then to Dunkin’ Donuts, then to an empty parking that people were crossing to get to the next street. How long did it take to find 60 recipients for free bouquets and little potted plants of holiday holly? About a half hour.

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Some of the comments:
A young man about 21 years old, wearing a hoodie, was walking across the parking lot in the rain.

“Excuse me, would you like some flowers for your mother, grandmother or girlfriend? They are free. Today is Happy Flower Day.”

“No thanks, lady, I don’t need any. I am going back to jail now. I am on work-release.”

I guess he could see the shock and sadness in my expression.

“Did you go to the local high school in this town?”

“No, I am from Philly. Just serving my time here.”

I got into my maternal mode and hugged him and said, “You are going to be okay. I can see it in your eyes. You are a fine young man. God has something mighty planned for you.”

And you know what, I am going to pray for that unknown young man – that he follows the path that will give him a happy life.

Can I have the extra ones? I would like to sell them for a few dollars so I can get a bus ticket back to NYC?

I see you are wearing an angel pin. Can you say a prayer for my son? I am so worried about him getting in with the wrong crowd. His name is Frances.

Can I have your phone number? Do you come here every Monday? Will you be able to bring some flowers to my church?

Wow, it’s my wife’s birthday. I am going to tell her I bought them.

I know where I am going to put these. Right in front of Blessed Mother statue.

I am going to visit my mother tomorrow. And my aunt. Can I have two?

It was a beautiful sight. People carrying flowers and others running toward me.

Do you have any flowers left?

A lady in 7-11 buying milk, people pumping their gas, a man walking out to get his mail, people getting into their cars at a mini-mart – all got the surprise of flowers donated by Trader Joe’s.

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