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  • Apr. 23rd, 2008 at 10:23 PM
diamonds are forever - dino
What is the deal with flowers? Who ever got the idea of chopping them off and putting them into a vase? I mean, flowers are pretty (in general), sure. When they are growing somewhere outside. A bouquet of flowers inside your house looks pretty for a couple of days, if at all. Well, at least it seems to be the general opinion that flowers in a vase look pretty, but I might just not see the beauty in dying flowers on my table because that's all I see: dying flowers. I don't see the point and if anything, I feel sad seeing them wither away there. And people actually pay money for that (think of all the useful things they could buy instead!), then give it to someone as a present and that actually makes the other person happy! Why? Who the hell started that and how did they get that idea? How did chopped off plants become the standard "proper" present for just about any occasion you can think of? I can see the point in having a pretty plant in a pot that you can actually grow and that will bloom again and again if you take proper care of it (I can't for the heck of it remember to water them so they are not for me either). But bouquets of flowers as a present is just one of those peculiar human mysteries that I will never be able to comprehend. It's not like I think ill of people because they do that because it's just such a "normal" thing to do that I doubt most people ever even wonder about it in their whole life (although that alone does annoy me somewhat, and so does that I bet most of them also don't understand why anyone would wonder about it), it's just that there is really no sense to it and I don't get it. At all.
I suppose it is also one of those things that if I would actually go ask someone why they just gave someone flowers and why they think that was "appropriate" they won't be able to give me a plausible explanation. Because it's just what people do..


ichiban_victory wrote:
Apr. 24th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
I always found the flower thing odd, too.

"Here, my love, a bouquet of dying blossoms to show my love, which is equally dying and will soon shrivel up and be tossed out with the morrow's refuse."

Yep, sounds downright romantic. All I can figure is that back in the day when people didn't assume plants (or animals) to have anything akin to a life, ripping them from their roots wasn't seen as anything bad at all. Now, like earrings, rings, and other strange customs, giving flowers is just something you do because that's just how things are done. Like a silly video I watched said, "Don't question it, just do it!"

(But I question it a lot.)
nimry wrote:
Apr. 25th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Exactly! "Here's a bouquet of flowers as a symbol of my love for you! You can watch it die slowly within a week!" How very romantic..
peeperoonie wrote:
Apr. 24th, 2008 08:42 am (UTC)
Heh, I'd personally rather get artificial flowers or something similar (muhaha, peacock feathers, mwahaha!) to stick in a vase - at least those don't need watering, and if you want them to smell, you can just spray them with something. But, err...not as a gift. And I don't buy flowers as gifts either. It does always seem like a waste of money.
nimry wrote:
Apr. 25th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't think I have ever bought flowers for anyone either, it just seems absurd to waste money on something like that.
I don't know, I don't think I would want artificial flowers either though, they just usually look too.. artificial (surprisingly XD).