"Every day. Change the water and clip the ends. Otherwise, the water has nowhere to go."

October 16th, 2013, 1pm

It was 18.3°C with few clouds. The wind was light.

Wrapping the fresh flowers in paper, he is reluctant to let me walk away. “They will last ten days if you clip them and change the water,” he says. “If there is stem left, you can dry them. Upside-down, near the shower.” I nod. “If they were a color, you would hang them in a dark room. Like these. Do you want some of these?”

One bouquet is enough I tell him for my dinner party tonight. He seems pleased. “Tell your friends to cut the stems too when they buy these. And we will have dried ones soon here at the market.”

I guess we all have a hard time letting things we have grown go into the world without us. He was still calling out instructions as I cradled his flowers and walked away.

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Kristen Taylor

drinker of raw milk, founder/editor of @saucymag, call me @kthread

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