Back in the days before the Internet, I have dire memories of trying to arrange for flowers to be sent to my wife on special occasions. I was in the armed forces on duty when my first child arrived, and trying to arrange for an impressive bouquet to turn up at the hospital wasn’t easy. First of all, I knew nothing about flowers, and secondly trying to explain what I wanted over the phone was almost impossible. Men just aren’t built that way.
This is one reason why the web has changed things. This time it’s my first grandchild, and yes, it’s a baby to that very same son I was talking about a moment ago. Admittedly my wife was around to help me choose this time, but I think even I could have made a good choice after typing Sheffield Florists into Google. Within seconds I’d found a local florist able to arrange flower delivery across Sheffield, so all I had to do was choose the perfect bouquet.
I still know nothing about flowers, but this time around things really are different. Men like me have a much better chance of making a good choice when you can see what they’re ordering. Of course, I won’t get the credit for sending flowers – the wife will put pay to that! Something ele that amazed me was that I could place my order for less than 30 too, and that included delivery. It seems like the days are gone when you paid three times as much to get your gift delivered than it would cost to buy a very similar bunch of flowers on the way to a family gathering!
One thing I really did leave to my wife was the message, it’s not really my style to carefully craft a congratulatory message, so I hope that by the time the great grandchildren start to arrive, this internet will have evolved a little more to save me from the worry of saying the wrong thing. There is a great benefit though to leaving the credit to my dear lady, and that is that word won’t get out to my former colleague’s in the army that I’ve been choosing flowers. I’m not sure I really want that to be known to be ‘my style’ either!