The Easter Corsage

 

Corsage in the 70's

Corsage in the 70’s

Every Easter (Holy) Saturday afternoon in my growing up years, the doorbell would ring and a flower delivery guy would be standing there with two small white boxes. One for me and one for my mom.   Nested in each box was a corsage for each of us to wear on Easter, hers was always bigger. My dad would act like he didn’t know anything about it but we always knew he sent them. Lovely tradition but somewhat curious. He never gave flowers at any other time of the year.

During my college years, I still came home for Easter and the corsage, of course, arrived on right on schedule. Later when my husband and I came back for a few Easter weekends, the corsage never failed to show up. My mom’s was still always bigger even when I was an adult but that was OK, she was the Mom.

Then my dad died. Of all the myriad details and decisions, I thought of the corsage. I knew the doorbell was not going to ring anymore.

The weekend after his funeral, I spoke at a long-ago planned retreat. I love presenting at these events and it was a good distraction as well as healing in some ways.

When I walked to the podium, I noticed a small white box waiting for me. Without knowing any of my history with corsages, the team had purchased one for me to wear while I spoke. That had never happened before or since. In my blur of tears, I knew who had really ordered the corsage.

Be ready.  Anything can happen.

Easter Blessings to you.

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10 Responses to “The Easter Corsage”


  1. 1 Betsy & Jim Uzzell April 17, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    This brought tears to my eyes. Happy Easter!

    Betsy

    Betsy Uzzell 847-869-8191

  2. 3 Judy April 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Tish, Thanks for sharing that tender story. I love those sort of serendipitous events. It reminds me just how much God loves us and knows what we need. I hope this Easter you are surprised with a little white box 😉

  3. 5 Ann Krumwiede April 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    I am so touched by our personal God. I want to be ready for anything. Great encouragement, Tish. Thanks! Ann K

  4. 7 Ann Wilson April 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    I love your sensitivity to beauty and love, Tish. I am adding your story to my knowledge of a Loving and Giving Lord. Hugs, Ann

  5. 9 Susie April 18, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    I remember that retreat, Tish, and you shared this story with us then. What a sweet story and how lovely that you remember and treasure it.
    The photo is pretty priceless, too!


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