1992. Things that quickly fade

Annette loved flowers. She always had several vases of flowers in her living room and a little retro corkless medicine bottle on the window sill of the kitchen with a sprig of rosemary and a twiglet of this and that.

When her husband died the undertaker quietly asked Annette in the cemetery if she wished to have the flowers sitting on the coffin when it was lowered or would she prefer that the flowers were placed on top of the grave once it was filled in.

“Oh God no!” exclaimed Annette, speaking slightly louder than the undertaker. “I’m taking all the flowers home!” And she did! It’s not that she didn’t love her husband. But what use are flowers dying on a grave? Flowers from the funeral arranged in her living room were a much better reminder of her sad loss and a heart-felt tribute to her husband. That way too she could appreciate in full the kindness of the people who had sent condoling flowers.

Great-aunt Matilde paid a sympathy visit, mainly because Annette always served with a mug of coffee some homemade chocolate chip cookies that used ground oatmeal, nuts, and lots and lots of extra chocolate. In fact, Annette grated into the mixture several chocolate bars more than the recipe called for.

“I think flowers at funerals are a complete waste of money,” declared great-aunt Matilde surveying the living room bouquets. “When I die I don’t want people spending money on things that quickly fade.”

As occasionally happens, great-aunt Matilde was 88. She went home and sadly passed away shortly after. Annette arranged the surviving living room flowers and took them to place on great-aunt Matilde’s filled-in flowerless grave.

Not a dime was spent on things that quickly fade.

17 thoughts on “1992. Things that quickly fade

  1. disorderlyjottings

    Why do I think the significant detail is the cookie recipe rather than the flowers? I suppose if you can arrange for funerals to follow each other, you can make a saving on the flowers; especially if they are bought by somebody else anyway. I think I’d go into business with Annette (she seems to have an eye to the future) but might have to declare a chocolate allergy.

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    1. Bruce Post author

      I have developed a peanut allergy in the past 12 months so with chocolate and peanuts out perhaps we should stick to edible flowers such as nasturtiums, pansies, and day lilies.

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  2. umashankar

    I was wondering if the Annette’s husband’s ghost travelled home with the flowers. Since the story has clearly focused on chocolate shakes rather than unfinished business, I assume that anything walking back among humans was returned back to the graveyard with the surviving flowers.

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  3. badfinger20 (Max)

    This was a heartwarming story… Annette is a peach…that makes some great chocolate chip cookies…that seems like too easy of an answer.

    Sometimes when I comment here… I always go back and re-read to make sure I didn’t miss anything…and I still don’t know!

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      1. badfinger20 (Max)

        You are modest Bruce. You can be very subtle… and I’m always afraid I won’t see it… cause I can be thick at times!
        This one was warm… not a evil one in the bunch… at least not on the surface!

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