Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States. Grateful guests will bring flowers to express appreciation and brighten the table of their host.

Wednesday I will speak at the funeral of a friend. Consoling grievers will bring flowers to comfort the family and beautify the bier. I would rather speak to him than about him.

Sometimes we more fully appreciate people when they are gone. A friend of mine suggests, “Give em flowers while they’re living!” What a gift our life and relationships are. The appreciation and gratitude we feel is a gift all wrapped and ready. Expressing it is the delivery. Feel gratitude and give thanks.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward

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  • Dr Paul says:

    I agree Darla. It is less common for men to receive flowers, but I have a few times and it was really cool. Almost everybody gets them for their funeral. The whole point is to acknowledge and honor people while they are alive. Thanks for your comment.

  • Darla King/Berry says:

    I had a friend who disliked getting flowers for gifts. She would rather someone gave her the money it cost to buy flowers. Because she said “flowers will be dead in a few days”. I never could understand her attitude. I felt if a person bought you flowers it is personal and a gift from the heart. I would rather receive them while alive.