A soundtrack to set the tone . . .
I love daisies!
When I was a little girl, daisies were my absolute favorite flower. They were everywhere -- in fabrics and my dresses, decorating my "groovy" toys, hanging in my locker at school, doodled on my notebooks. They didn't grow in the actual garden of my childhood, but I was charmed whenever I saw them in the wild.
Maybe it was the whole "flower power" thing going on through my childhood. Daisy chains and passive resistance and be-sure-to-wear-some-flowers-in-your-hair. You know.
Or maybe I thought they were romantic in that He-Loves-Me-He-Loves-Me-Not sort of way that I used to see in cartoons when I was a child.
I'm not sure exactly where it came from, but I always had a certain fondness for daisies.
I'm pretty sure I must've mentioned my "thing" for daisies to Tom in the early months of our dating. Because one day . . .
early in 1981 . . .
I looked up from my work at the newspaper . . .
to see two floral delivery guys . . .
each carrying an ARMFUL of daisies* . . .
With this card . . .
(He proposed in person later. The daisy-delivery was just the warm-up.)
I said yes!
Here is a jar filled with some of those very daisies in our apartment. (I had daisies EVERYwhere! At work, at home. They were all over the place!)
And here is our engagement photo.**
And now, well . . . I will always have daisies in my garden!
Does she really love me
I think she does
Like the star above me
I know because
When the sky is bright
* Tom had intended to just send me a small bouquet of daisies with his special message -- and he wanted them delivered. But . . . there was a minimum charge to be able to get free delivery from this particular florist -- and daisies are very inexpensive flowers. Tom had to order dozens of daisies in order to hit the minimum to have them delivered. (Talk about impact!)
** When Erin was a little girl, she looked at our engagement picture (a slightly different pose, and much larger) at my Mom and Dad's house. She asked if "Mommy married Luke Skywalker." Makes Tom and I crack up everytime we think of it!