We had a guest in our office this week – a Japanese teacher who was working with our Host Nation instructional support person. Last Friday she went to lunch with us and Monday I received this gift. Can you imagine a thank you gift for sitting with someone at lunch? I have enjoyed the plant all week, but only in writing this post did I try to investigate what type of plant it is. Apparently, it’s a hyacinth. Seems like I should have known that but I guess I’ve never received nor grown one before.
I’ve been obsessed with this amazing gift all week. When I received the plant, there were three stalks, but none of the flowers were open yet. The plant sat on my desk and I watched as they opened throughout the day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Friday, one of the stalks of flowers was leaning over quite far so I cut it to make room for the new stalk that has popped up. I wish the photograph could capture and communicate the smell. My lilies (another gift last week) are almost all gone, but I’ve brought the Hyacinth home for the weekend and my apartment continues to smell like a fresh floral bouquet.
It’s a terrific olfactory reminder to be kind to others and appreciate their company.
My obsession at work included several photo sessions.