Let me start by saying I know nothing about flowers. Some men do. I do not. I bought Sarah Ruth some flowers recently and said, "I think these are peonies?" She sweetly told me they were hydrangeas. It turns out hydrangeas and peonies are two different flowers.
So I set out this week to learn more about buying flowers. I looked at flowers. I drew flowers. I asked my friends and colleagues about their favorite flowers.
Here is what I discovered:
You might never understand what a big deal flowers are. You don't have to. All you need to know is that they are a big deal to billions of people. Accept it.
Whatever lingering questions you have in your head about this whole phenomenon, keep them to yourself.
REMEMBER: It's not about you.
This is not about the giver. This is about the receiver.
I asked my friends about their favorites, and I can say with certainty now:
I asked hundreds of people for their favorites, and I chose 10 flowers that were mentioned several times. I have drawn each flower along with a familiar item that it made me think of.
I DID NOT MENTION ROSES BECAUSE I WAS TOLD BY MANY I SHOULD ENCOURAGE MEN TO BE MORE CREATIVE.
That said, my friends mentioned "Vintage Roses" or "Spray Roses" are a lovely alternative to the standard rose.
SUMMARY OF WHAT I LEARNED:
In closing: just do it. Buy someone flowers today.
Even if you don't know her favorite, just buy them. If you want to know her favorite, stalk her Pinterest or ask her friends.
And if you're not seeing anyone, still buy flowers for someone today. Who cares? It will mean so much to someone.