Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The mysterious delivery of a dozen roses May 11, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 7:43 AM
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The UPS delivery man dropped a dozen multi-colored roses and a box of chocolates off at my house late Thursday morning. I asked him: “Are those really flowers in that box?” He gave me a look like, “Lady, what do you think is in that box?” Well, sir, I’ve never received flowers in a box.

FOR SEVERAL HOURS, the mystery remained a mystery.

But I was determined to solve it—to learn the identity of the individual who sent me a dozen boxed roses and a sampler of chocolates, without a note.

I could have simply called the San Diego-based world-wide floral company listed on the return address label. But why opt for the easiest solution? I would play sleuth.

First I phoned a Minnesota floral shop and then sent two text messages before crossing my husband, floral designer sister and my oldest daughter’s boyfriend (because he is one of the few Californians I know) off the list.

Next I texted my other daughter who lives in eastern Wisconsin. She was working and couldn’t respond. I didn’t suspect her anyway given she is a recent college grad paying off student loans.

Finally, I had run out of ideas and phoned the San Diego floral company.

“We must have forgotten to put the note in the envelope,” the kindly woman on the other end of the line said.

Uh, huh.

After giving her the order number, the nice lady told me she couldn’t identify the sender, but she could share the missing message. I listened as she read an endearing Mother’s Day message from…the daughter in Wisconsin.

Thank you, Miranda, for the lovely, surprise gift. It’s the first time I’ve received a dozen roses. Ever.

They’re beautiful, just like you, my dear, sweet, precious daughter.

The chocolate sampler sent by my daughter Miranda.

© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


13 Responses to “The mysterious delivery of a dozen roses”

  1. Joan Quiram Says:

    How very sweet! (No pun intended.) 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Yes, the gift of roses and chocolate was incredibly sweet and especially so knowing that my daughter has to really budget her money.

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    So happy for you (with joy tears!). Hugs……

  3. Julie Fakler Says:

    Your so lucky to have such a sweet daughter. Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. Jackie Says:

    What a lovely surprise, enjoy your heartfelt gift, Happy Mother’s Day Audrey!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you, Jackie, and Happy Mother’s Day to you, too. Every once in awhile I pause to smell the sweet fragrance of those roses and think of my daughter, whom I can’t wait to see in a few weeks.

  5. Amy Says:

    So happy your daughter sent you those! I have surprised my mom a couple of times with those types of shipments at work! Her mother’s day gift this year is housing me for a few days while moving over Memorial Day weekend, maybe I will buy her a plant too 🙂 we will just have to see!

    Happy Mother’s Day to my “Other Mom!”

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      You are a sweet daughter, too. I bet, more than any gift, your mom will appreciate having you and Jon at her house for several days later in May. Thank you for the Mother’s Day wishes, Other Daughter. Love you!

  6. hotlyspiced Says:

    What a wonderful surprise – first the arrival of the roses in a box with chocolates and then to discover they were a gift from Miranda. You have raised her well. What a wonderful daughter. Happy Mother’s Day to you Audrey xx

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