Tradition

I would venture to say that not all men could get away with this and come away a hero.

The Mail Man can.When I was in college a friend of mine alerted me to the fact that flower shops discard a number of beautiful flowers at the end of Valentine's Day. She took me around to the dumpsters behind each of the down town locations and we collected the most beautiful bouquets to enjoy.

Bouquets like you've never seen before.

I'm serious.

Ever since then (14 years has now passed) I have collected myself a very nice bouquet on Valentine's night. All from dumpsters. Since I've been married, The Mail Man and I have gone together on this outing.

Why?

Because we can. It's not only great for saving a substantial amount of money, it's also because we love saving things from destruction. Perfectly beautiful things that someone else has decided not to use. We've collected a fair number of things from curbside destruction, but my Valentine's Day flowers are perhaps my favorite.

This year The Mail Man took the girls out for a walk while I prepared dinner and when the door burst open at the end of my still and quiet 30 minutes Hadley was carrying the giant bouquet pictured above. I was thrilled to see the huge grin on her face and know that she is ready to join us in the tradition.

Saving things from waste and destruction to make life more beautiful makes me happy.

Comments

  1. Wow! I didn't know this either. I will have to remember it next year.

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  2. I stumbled upon your blog, and I must say, this is the most wonderful Valentine's tradition I've EVER heard!!! I LOVE it!!! I am keeping this tucked away to do next year...or perhaps after mother's day? ♥

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  3. Now I've never heard that before- I'm all for saving flowers :}
    Happy Day

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  4. What a shame to just throw the flowers away. Wouldn't it be lovely if they were donated instead to some place like a nursing home?

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  5. That's great. Do they get upset? Do you have to all covert about it?

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  6. I love this story, Heather!

    I, too, would love to see donations as well, Miss Sandy.

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  7. Wow! That is a wonderful tradition and it is great that you share in it with your family. Fantastic!!

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  8. Heather Jane! I found you thanks to Danielle's blog. Look how talented you are! Oh my goodness! Send me your e-mail and I'll send you an invite to my blog. I'm a paranoid private blogger! samandfam@gmail.com

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  9. Turning trash to treasure! Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. What a great family tradition!

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  11. Ever so clever! And let's be honest...gleaning is so hip these days! -S

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  12. so happy you blogged about this :).

    i'm not above dumpster diving...especially for flowers.

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  13. Heather, I love this little story. How sweet and fun! I may have to give it a try next year. :)

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  14. what a cool idea! awesome story!

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  15. I love the tradition and the great way to get a bouquet!!! Never would have thought of that!!

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