Imagine our pleasant surprise when three of them returned but fifteen minutes later, and the party was able to resume, albeit on a much cozier level! It turned out that two of the three, a married couple, had missed their train back to New York, and the next train didn't leave for several hours. The third of the three was their host for the weekend, and had given them a ride to the station.
Needless to say, we were absolutely delighted to see them! We grabbed another bottle of Prosecco and a box of Li-Lac chocolates that another guest had thoughtfully arrived with, and we settled in to the screened porch, where we spent several delightful hours in amusing and clever conversation, interspersed with much laughter. The highlight was when, at one point, the husband and Boy delightedly realized they both knew the lyrics to several of the songs from "The Producers" and fell into spirited song, much to the pleasure of the wife and me. It was much fun.
The next day, back in the work-a-day world, I received a phone call from Boy that flowers had just been delivered to the apartment, a gift of the couple. And not only that, but they were from Zeze, one of Manhattan's premiere florists and a great favorite of those who appreciate such things. How deliciously and extravagantly thoughtful, I said. I couldn't wait to see them.
When I opened the door to the apartment, I was first met with the bouquet's sweet and heady fragrance, a pleasure indeed. And what a pretty arrangement I found! A mixture of roses, peonies, hydrangea, lillies, and sweet pea, all in lovely late spring colors, and in a discrete colorless glass vase. How splendid. And what a pleasure it was to receive it.
On top of that, it came with this charming note: "Dear Boy and Reggie, Thank you for a wonderful afternoon full of our two favorite things--sparkling conversation and sparkling wine. We look forward to sharing many more of both! With warmest wishes, Emily & Andrew" How about that!
I am sharing this story with you, Dear Reader, for a number of reasons:
- Reggie never gets flowers and is excited and thrilled that he did, and is bursting to tell someone of his pleasure with it;
- A gift of flowers is greatly appreciated when delivered to a host after a party, when he has time to savor it and enjoy it along with the fond memories of the party and the sender that it elicits; and
- Reggie believes that a gift of flowers presented by an arriving guest at the onset of a party is more of an inconvenience than a pleasure, particularly if they require attending to; such flowers are inevitably relegated to a sink or left to wilt during the party, thereby defeating the intended purpose of such a gift.
All photos by Boy Fenwick