Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Random Acts of Calla Lily

A couple of summers ago, I hosted a brunch at my house for new moms of multiples (twins, triplets, etc.).  One of the ladies who came brought me a calla lily, which I planted by the house.  I don't remember her name or what she looked like.  But every year the calla lily blooms, with a few more flowers than the year before.  And it is absolutely my favorite flower.
It makes you think, doesn't it?  Some small act of kindness that you do for someone you don't know can still bring happiness to that person, even years later. 
Readers, have you given or received any random acts of kindness lately?

25 comments:

Cat said...

Love calla lillies!!!!
While recovering from surgery last march, I received a lovely package in the mail from a knitting buddy. Yarn, a novel I had been wanting to read, tea, handcream, and a beautiful card with a heartfelt note. Later the same day, another friend sent the loveliest bouquet of spring flowers. Such a surprise and so needed in the bleak of winter. I realized how important friendships are to a person. I knew I would get special attention from my family, and I did. (loved your care package and visit in the hospital) But it was so unexpected from others. I hope those ladies know how much it meant to me.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

So many of our plants around the house were given to us by generous friends or family members. When they bloom, it does cause me to think about the person that gave them. A double gift. :)

Buttons said...

It is truly beautiful Lisa and I love a gift like that. B

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What pretty flowers! She sure brought a wonderful gift!

Rob-bear said...

What a delightful gift! I hope the lilies are sufficiently random that they take over a bit more space every year. I think they're much prettier than dandelions.

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The Incredible Woody said...

Beautiful!!

One of the most precious acts of kindness I have experienced happened when I was 16 and had just lost my Mom to cancer. It was several weeks after the funeral when the doorbell rang. I answered it and it was a little girl, about 6-7, holding a pie. She didn't exactly know what to say and looked to her Mom waiting in the car. The Mom motioned for her to give me the pie. As she did, she said 'Happy Spring'.

I don't know who that little girl was. I vaguely recognized them from church. I can only imagine the little girl and her Mom discussing how I had lost my Mom. Even now after 29 years, I'm so thankful that little girl wanted me to have a happy spring.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

What a lovely plant! We never know what our small attempt at reaching out to someone will do. This reminds me that I need to do more of that.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that's awesome! callas are one of my favorite flowers. :)

Anne Payne said...

It's beautiful and such a sweet gift to give someone. My sister gave me a lily one year and it has since multiplied into many. I always smile when I remember the time she was here and the joy we share when together.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What a lovely gift--and one you enjoy for such a long time!
I thought it was kind of this girl to tell me Sunday as we left church how much she enjoys me as her Sun. School teacher.

LisaS said...

What a nice gift! A beautiful flower.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

So pretty! I love flowers that come back each year.

Valerie said...

From you, Lisa! I remember the day my anchor cards came in the mail! I was so touched, and I think of your kind gesture often! xx

And that certainly is a gorgeous flower!!

Michaele said...

This is really neat. Gifts like these keep giving.

Mary said...

Callas are magnificent. We have many blooms around our yard that we received as gifts from friends who.know we like to garden. :). In fact, a couole who are neighbors gifted us with a two foot tall cedar tree in a pot 6 years ago. We planted it out back, and it's now 12 feet tall. Lol.

Grandma Bonnie said...

I just love your beautiful calla lily. My yard has many trees and flowers that family and friends have given us over the years. All our friends and family know if they are getting rid of a tree or plant ask us first.

Ginny said...

I have some photos of Calla Lilies and info on them. They are strangely beautiful. BUT I have never seen one in this beautiful color!!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

A plant is always the perfect gift.... even if you don't remember their name afterwards, you certainly do remember the act of kindness they bestowed on you. :)

Betsy Adams said...

Gorgeous. My father-in-law had Callas--and they were so pretty... We've never had one... Maybe sometime, we'll find some room and get one.

Hugs,
Betsy

linda eller said...

The small things we do for others count so much more than the big, flashy things. I love the callas.

Jill said...

Definitely one of my very favorite flowers too! How sweet to have such a lasting memory.

I had one a few months ago...From YOU! I think of you and thank you almost everyday!

Linda said...

What pretty flowers! And your thoughts are "right on."

My Journey With Candida said...

Calla Lillies are beautiful but I have never grown one. Maybe I should try.

Chatty Crone said...

Isn't that wonderful that you are still loving and enjoying it?

Debby@Just Breathe said...

It is beautiful. I do like you thoughts on Random Acts of Kindness.