This mother’s day I’m treating my mother with flowers.
Beautiful, wonderful, colorful, vibrant, incredible-smelling flowers like this You Rock bouquet from Bouqs.
I’m treating her for all the dances she chaperoned and the cookies she baked and friends she carpooled and the student council posters she printed with “Vote for Kari She’s a Life Saver.” For all the times she lifted me up and the times she kept me grounded.
And for every single minute and hour and day that she made even more special.
Just like my sixteenth birthday.
I remember the morning of my sixteenth birthday like it was yesterday.
Maybe because it was.
You know I’m 22. 🙂
That morning I got dressed with my new pair of glittered legwarmers and ballet shoes, applied bright red lipstick, sprayed my bangs up to greet the heavens with a can of Aqua Net….
….and pranced downstairs in all my glory.
This was the big one.
I couldn’t wait to see the celebration. Would they have balloons? A banner? A band? A parade? Lief Garrett driving up in a new convertible?
With a beating heart full of excitement, I nonchalantly I strolled into the kitchen.
There they all sat. My ever-supportive family. Eating Wheaties and toast.
Silence greeted me.
No one even looked up when I walked in the room.
I peered at them anxiously. Did they see the amazing, incredible legwarmer wearing, red lipstick applying teenager that stood in front of them?
Maybe it was hard to tell it was me through the aqua net haze.
I sighed dramatically for extra emphasis and plopped down in my chair.
And rolled my eyes.
And sighed again.
No response. Not even a smile.
Apparently that morning there was not or ever would be….
…..a Happy Birthday in sight.
I stormed out the door in a huff, climbed into the station wagon, crossed my arms in protest and waited for my mother to drive me to school….
….because apparently Leif wasn’t showing up.
She opened the car door, put the keys in the ignition, started the car and slowly backed out of the driveway.
I let out a cross between a sigh and a grunt, promptly ignored her and slunk down in the seat.
About two blocks into the drive, I managed to pull my eyes away from my legwarmers to stare out the window.
And blinked again.
There before my very eyes a celebration unfolded. Sign after sign filled the side of the road.
Full of glitter and sparkles and topped off with balloons.
There must have been dozens and dozens and dozens of them.
Filling every corner and stop sign between our house and the school.
And every sign was the same. “Happy Birthday KariAnne” they read.
Every single glittered line and word for me.
I turned to my mother with the biggest red lipstick smile a brand-new sixteen-year-old could muster.
“You remembered,” I said. “I thought you forgot my birthday. I thought you all forgot.”
She smiled back at me, shifting the station wagon into park and conveniently forgetting the earlier eye rolls and legwarmer tantrum.
“I love you,” she said. “May your birthday be the happiest one ever.”
And it was.
Even without Lief. 🙂
Why not treat your mother this Mother’s Day with fresh flowers from Bouqs.
Bouqs is a new flower delivery service that’s easy, fresh, and beautiful with flowers cut the day you order. The flowers are shipped directly to your door from sustainable, eco-friendly farms.
These beautiful arrangements on my back porch are You Rock and the White Knight. They came fresh from the grower packaged with care. When the flowers arrived, I opened the package and the room was filled with the most wonderful smell. I cut the stems under water and arranged them on the back porch for a little spring surprise. The quality and quantity exceeded my expectations. The Rock Star arrangement was so big, I could have easily made two arrangements from it. The colors are so beautiful and vibrant and full of the joy that only fresh flowers can bring.
But my favorite?
What you see is EXACTLY what you get. The flowers I ordered looked even better than the pictures online.
Bouqs is offering a special promotion for Mother’s Day. Simply use the code BLOOM15 to receive 15% off your order and of course the shipping is always free.
Create a special day for your mother.
For all the special days she created for you. 🙂
disclosure: This post was written as part of a partnership with Bouqs.
All opinions on flowers and mothers and birthdays are completely my own.
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