I always used to give Annetta grief when she prompted me to buy her or someone else flowers. "Please, please, my dear, please: put the crowbar away. I don't need the reminder, thank you very much", is what I would say and then either act on the request or non-confront it. About 50/50.
Over time I got better at heeding the requests, either subtle or direct, and found that flowers, candy and attention did get the job done & make my life better.
So last week I had 2 inspired moments, and flowers sealed the deal with both.
I left my fanny pack in a woman's car a week & 1/2 ago during a morning "casual commuting" ride into San Francisco from Oakland. Lucky for me I had a bunch of my business cards in the pack, and when the wonderful woman (thank you Kiko!) noticed my fanny pack, she immediately called me up. Her office is just a few blocks away from mine and the next day I met her at lunchtime to pick it up. When she called the night before I offered to take her out to lunch, but she demurred. Well, I know I'll come up with some good idea, I thought, and slept on it. The next noon en route to her office I passed by a sidewalk florist: tulips! A beautiful bunch of tulips indeed. So when I met her, I greeted her, thanked her for returning my pack and whipped this bouquet of flowers from behind my back. She blushed, smiled and my day was made.
Last Saturday I had another chance to thank someone for her good suggestions and directions and was certain that flowers would do the trick. Nicole, my optomotrist, is very friendly, kind and quite humble. She recently had suggested I visit an opthomamologist to check my field of vision and I followed her suggestions. The results proved negative - the distortions in my field of vision are hereditary, not caused by some nerve damage - and I was really happy both for the reassuring results and the strong suggestion Nicole made for me to visit this doctor. So I visited her store on Saturday and was able to see her before she had any appointments. This time I had two bouquets of tulips. After I greeted and thanked her for her great recommendation, I handed her the flowers. She was at a loss for words. She profusely thanked me and gave me a great hug. I'm her's for life.
Yes, my dear, flowers do the trick.