While contests tend to give my blog a small boost, I find learning about other people more rewarding. Consider that most of the stories I received about why a loved one deserves flowers reveal a bit about what is going on in America in a way that the media fails to capture.
Below are a quote or two from one runners-up and the winners, who will be notified by email. And for those of you who read this far, I have another surprise. By clicking on this link, you will receive 20 percent off and a free vase if you order flowers from ProFlowers. (Yes, another ad, but what the heck.)
And now, for the winners:
Tara Hill (Upgraded to winner)
Ok, I’m the wife, but I’d really like to win these because my husband works in an office with about 30 women and two men. He gets messed with when I do things like send him flowers or make him say I love you louder! I love to hear all the ladies reactions!
(Tara, I love your sense of humor and I also can appreciate the need to send a message to the other 30 women: “This is my guy, keep your hands off!” I know some single guys who might want to work in an office like that.)
Matt (won on another site)
My wife deserves flowers for Valentine’s Day because she has recently chosen to be completely open and honest with me about some financial decisions she made in the past couple years. It took a lot to open up and tell me the truth as I often blow my top when it comes to finances.
(Hey Matt, my wife used to hide from me whenever I paid bills. I didn’t blow my top, but I definitely got grumpy.)
(My wife) loved me unconditionally and kept trying to reach out to me when I put her through hard times. She single handedly got me off drugs in which beforehand she dealt with a lot of senseless crap from me.
(Doug, so many spouses don’t stick around for troubled partners. I’ve seen it a number of times in my life. You are lucky, indeed.)
Thanks for making me think outside the box for this one because, while I would LOVE the flowers for myself, my husband, or my mom, it occurs to me that my pal Debbie’s mom will be without her sweetie for the first time in 50 years.
(Rebecca, you were one of several commenters who sought flowers following illness or death. It’s heart wrenching to be reminded just how painful life can be.)
Jean D. (Winner from another site, but I left up her comments.)
(My friend) has post-polio syndrome, emphysema and COPD, and she about to go on oxygen. She takes a few steps, then needs to sit and rest. She’s so afraid of losing her job, she keeps on, though it’s further damaging her health.
ProFlowers? Heck yes, she deserves ProFlowers. And she deserves a medal, too. I’d love to let you help me brighten her day.
(Jean, I hope you can cheer your friend up.)
In the 15 years we’ve been together, there’s not been a time when I haven’t felt like the luckiest guy in the world. My wife is even more beautiful today at 43 than she was when we met. …
The only thing about my life I’d change is that both of us work full-time on opposite shifts, so we only really “see” each other a few days a week.
(Andy, my more-beautiful-than-ever wife works 9 to 5, that is 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., so I know how you feel. While I “see” my wife more than you, she’s asleep during my waking hours and I’m asleep during hers. Good luck on getting the schedule changed!)
MamaJD (Bonus winner because of another duplicate winner.)
I would like to be able to send my 90 year old Grandma flowers from my children this Valentine's Day. She had hip surgery on Tuesday and is having a rough go of it.
(MamaJD, I think your grandma would appreciate the flowers.)
Here’s to a great Valentines Day for all.