Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Flowers...and a Mystery
Aren't these flowers pretty? They smell even nicer. And guess what? They might be hot. As in stolen. I may have purchased stolen merchandise.
In my town, you can point your car any direction, start driving, and eventually run into a farm stand, or at least a house with a table in the front yard with homegrown lemons (or strawberries, persimmons, or pomegranates) piled high, along with a strawberry basket to put your money in.
So back to the flowers. I was driving to my daughter's school when I passed a farmstand--actually, just a table with a pop-up canopy over it, next to a field. On the table was one bucket filled with sweet peas (my favorite flower) and a box that said, "Honor system: $3 per bunch."
But the guy was sitting there, so I said hello and handed him $6 for two bunches of sweet peas. He gave me a third bunch for free. How nice of you, I said. As I got in my car and looked in the rear view mirror, I saw him stand up and walk away, down the street.
Was he going for a lunch break? Or going to spend the $6 he just made from someone else's flowers? I guess I'll never know but if it was a scam I have to admit that I slightly, just slightly, really just the teensiest bit, admire his ingenuity. (But if you ask me in front of my kids I'll act horrified and deny that.)