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Sending Flowers

Sending Flowers

Date: Jun 08 2007

Themes: How To, Romance

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Sometimes it’s hard to think of the right gift. You can’t send someone a new telephone to say you’re sorry or a buy someone skis as a get-well gift. But flowers are always a safe bet. Even though it can be expensive, Kevin likes to send flowers.

Dialog

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Amanda

Amanda

Kevin

Kevin

Kevin:  I really like…and of course I love to receive them…but I really love to send flowers and now it’s so easy because you can just do it online and beautiful bouquets can be there in two days for people.

Amanda:  1-800-flowers.com.

Kevin:  Proflowers.com? Totally.

Amanda:  Yes. The hard thing about that is you never know what you’re going to get and it’s not as though you can ask the recipient, “How were the flowers? Do you think they were worth 125 dollars?”

Kevin:  Well no, but I’ve asked for example to send on Mother’s Day or even on Father’s Day or if it’s a sympathy thing to ask the person, “Were they nice?” I wouldn’t say “Were they worth 100 dollars?” I would say, “Were they nice?”

Amanda:  Because that would be tacky.

Kevin:  Correct.

Amanda:  You know it’s interesting, it seems to be the go-to gift. Doesn’t matter if you’re the girl or the guy, if you screw up, you kind of hurt someone’s feelings, the go-to gift is flowers. So it’s kind of weird if you’re in the office and see flowers on someone’s desk you say, “What did he do?” Or, no offense, “What did she do?” It’s not always the guy.

Kevin:  Does it work for you as a…

Amanda:  Absolutely not. I pass them to the next person in the cubicle.

Kevin:  Great, great. But it’s fun to get flowers.

Amanda:  Absolutely, if you’re not allergic.

Kevin:  That’s true.

 

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Discussion

Kevin says that he likes to order flowers online because they arrive so quickly. He and Amanda name a couple of websites where they buy flowers.

Amanda notes that when you order flowers for someone online it’s hard to know if what you sent was worth the price. You never see the flowers, and you can’t ask the person you sent them to if they were worth the money. Kevin says he just asks people he sends flowers to if they were nice.

People often send flowers to say they are sorry. Whenever Amanda sees someone at work with flowers on his or her desk, she assumes that the person’s lover did something wrong. So whenever someone sends her flowers, she gives them to the person next to her in her office.

Have you ever received flowers? Who sent them to you and why? Were they nice?

 

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Carla Cristina Fagundes

Brazil

I have already received flowers from my boyfriend. They were really nice :)


I think it doesn’t matter if you receive flowers or a letter or something like this, you get happy because you see the person thought about you and he or she cares about you and wants to please you.


What I like the most is when I receive letters, because I know the person took his/her time to write something to me, it’s not something that I can buy, besides being more personal.

11:47 AM Sep 06 2016 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I have not recieved flowers but i like them because they are fresh,mayble my next gf would send! and of course they would be nice.

01:33 PM Aug 04 2013 |

DominikLi

DominikLi

China

I’m glad that I received some flowers when I was just 10 years old.It was sent by one of my friends,in order to give me a surprise in my good day.I just can’t forget the feeling I had when I received them,even though they are the cheapest roses,but I can still feel the warmth between two good friends:D

12:07 AM Jan 21 2013 |

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Irene Forever

Ukraine

I adore both receiving and giving flowers and I have had lots of them during my life:)  In Ukraine we love flowers  so much and no one holiday is without them.  Men  like giving flowere to mothers, beloved women and friends.  You can hardly find a woman who doesn’t like flowers in my country.


Actually I am made of flowers and perfume. ♥


02:16 AM Mar 27 2012 |

ray_ray55

ray_ray55

Thailand

it’s good if  buying flowers  by  yourself XD

01:19 AM Mar 27 2012 |

simsim_m21

simsim_m21

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

 i received flowers from my friend for my brithday ,that’s beautiful…

12:57 AM Mar 27 2012 |

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Erosyu

China

I just send some roses to a girl who i am in love with , it feels good , doesn't it ?

07:29 AM Nov 09 2010 |

primula

primula

Saudi Arabia

who doesn't like to have a bouquet of flowers as a gift Laughing. Unfortunately I've not received a bouquet of natural flowers because flowers in my country can't live more than a couple of days as it's extremely hot over here but  usually I do receive a kind of artificial bouquet with sweets and candies Smile but no matter what I like receiving floweres cuz flowers can say a lot of things you might not be able to express in words:) I'm quite sure that flowers are associated with our hearts and feelings that's why they come in different colours and shapes as every colour resembles one of our senses and emotions.

Great topic Kiss

11:11 AM Jul 21 2010 |

daditos_o0

daditos_o0

Chile

floweeers

09:26 PM Mar 10 2010 |

SENHY

SENHY

China

Oh,what a pity!I've never recived flowers at present.Maybe I'll recive later.

 

09:02 PM Aug 04 2009 |

sipat

Chile

i've always received flowers from my husband in many different situations such as birthdays, at hospital when Ihave been operated ( and this counts for many),etc. But he has never sent me flowers to say he's sorry for something he did or said. And this doen't mean he has not done or said things he shouldn't have.

 

03:37 PM Aug 04 2009 |

sipat

Chile

i've always received flowers from my husband in many different situations such as birthdays, at hospital when Ihave been operated ( and this counts for many),etc. But he has never sent me flowers to say he's sorry for something he did or said. And this doen't mean he has not done or said things he shouldn't have.

 

03:37 PM Aug 04 2009 |

wintercherry

Ukraine

Sending flowers is a grate  thing! You can make a lot of joy for a person who gets it!

06:16 AM May 28 2009 |

helen2569

helen2569

China

hmm, its a pity that i have not received a flower from somebody so far, oh, i remember sth, that i did receive a flower, coz i bought sth for my cousin’s marriage, then the sales girl sent each of us(two friends and me)a flower as a gift, lol.

04:50 AM Feb 25 2009 |

zeddehal545

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I really love to receive bouquet . it's nice.

07:06 AM Feb 01 2009 |

miffoo

miffoo

Slovakia

nice lesson

09:52 AM Dec 26 2008 |

bluese

bluese

Turkey

wonderful

02:07 PM Oct 20 2008 |

laptop786

laptop786

India

my gf send it to me,and its a lovely flowers.she send it to me because she loves me lot…........................

08:29 AM Oct 14 2008 |

laptop786

laptop786

India

ya i recieved flowers recently,its a gr8 filling i mean its feels good bacause its a better way to expresss our fillings…...........

08:25 AM Oct 14 2008 |

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