Another February holiday – today is Valentine’s Day. My idea today was to commemorate the day by stopping at a local florist’s location with the sunshine. So my husband and I did so, and then things took a little turn. A good turn, but the sunshine went to a place I had not expected or even known about before today.
We went to Penny’s Florist in Glenside, about 2 miles from my house. It’s located in the middle of the Keswick Village section (right off the traffic circle where I left a sunshine some weeks earlier) and has been serving the area for 70+ years. Our own family has gotten prom corsages and many arrangements from here and we have also bought a lot of flowers to plant at home from their outside display in the summer.
I had intended to set the sunshine in the (dry at the moment) fountain but then I saw something new: this outpost of the Little Free Library. It hasn’t been there any length of time, I think. We inspected it and marveled at how eye-catching it was. I love to read almost more than anything, and suddenly it seemed the right place for a sunshine. I’ll come back with a couple of books sometime later on.
Having found a spot for the sunshine, we looked at the windows of the shop for a bit and also checked out the parking lot. A couple of cars in and out, the drivers rushing off with flowers. And all the florist vans are out in the world delivering flowers, I think – one was loading up as we looked.
People may say Valentine’s Day is just another excuse for stores to get people to buy something, but I think there’s a place in this world for a day to tell others you love them, however you do it. And in the cold mid-winter it is very nice to see colorful blooms to brighten what can be a gray time of year.
After some errands, we came home for lunch. It had started to snow. Plenty of birds were flocking around our new bird feeder – just made by my husband a couple of weeks ago. Somehow it seemed like a Valentine’s Day sight to me.
Happy sunshine. Happy Valentine’s Day.
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