Not a nice situation to be in as the parents, and specifically, not nice as the mother of the bride, who wanted to do something special for her only daughter on her wedding day. So I scratched my head. And scratched it some more. And paced the house - thinking, thinking, thinking...
And I came up with one small solution.
A light bulb moment happened when I realized that over the past 34 years since we met, I had been sent quite a few bouquets of flowers by RMan, and a lot of those bouquets had arrived in vases to the extent that I had been left with a whole ruddy cupboard full of them.
Could I - would I - be able to barter these vases for a wedding bouquet?
|Some of the vases thoroughly cleaned|
and looking like new :)
I explained that shortly we were going to be relocating to a smallholding in the country, where precious water would be reserved for edible crops only. Therefore having fancy vases for non-existent cut flowers seemed illogical. Would she be interested in bartering my vases (here, I pulled them out of the box and carefully placed them on her counter) in exchange for a wedding bouquet? A simple wedding bouquet? Then I showed her an image of what I was looking for.
Happily the florist agreed!
And this is what she created and carefully packed so that I could transport it on the plane with me to Johannesburg.
|A wedding bouquet of orchids in|
a tube of water for transport and
with a clever clip attached to
Viewing the situation from a different angle and the solution presented itself. De-cluttering, recycling and bartering simultaneously - what could be better and more satisfying?