What a nightmare it is, more often than not, to receive flowers as presents. They dry out and crumble and make a mess, they have thorns, they are wet all over, they require fresh water every day, they stink out the water if not changed for a week, and we’re ultimately left with a chore – of pretending to like them, of changing the water, and of throwing them away.
The two things humans most depend on for their survival on Earth are breathable air and sustenance. We cannot do without either one, no matter how hard we try. It is not wise for us to take our food, our water, or our breathable air for granted, however luxurious our living conditions may be at the present moment.
Take your O2, for example. As population on Earth increases, so does the pollution. It’s a fairly unavoidable phenomenon.
And our modern-day hurried lives have taken us so far out of nature, moulded us so deep into the brick and concrete and pollutants of the cities that we often fail to realize the true importance of the flowers sitting on our table.
They are the beautiful little creatures of Mother Earth, of our sole truly priceless commodity. Without Her, we are nothing. Very literally.
So come this 30 May, let us all stop, step out of the milling machine for a second and think of flowers. Of nature. Of how important it is to us. And we shall give them, and we shall gift them, and make our friends and family happy. It is the day when all of (of course not all; a very miniscule part, actually, but still incredibly worthwhile) humanity comes together and pays their respects to nature.
You have only three things to do this end-of-May Tuesday.
Firstly, nothing at all if you don’t want to.
Second, do something good for something green. You could pick up a piece of trash in front of your building, water the charred grass next to the playground, change the water in your living room table vase, not use your car for the day, or simply tell a flower or a tree that you love them (and go right back to Woodstock with pair of round glasses on, but perhaps trees and flowers really do hear us and take note).
Third, spread awareness. Just don’t turn into the person that people will start uninviting from barbecues out of fear that you will suddenly have a fit and throw a bucket of water on the fire to stop the smoke from damaging the ozone layer. Do drop a random fact (it can be unchecked, even, just to get that subliminally manipulative message across) in now and then, “Did you know that a single car, driven every day for 10 miles, emits its own weight in CO2 per year?”
Come this June, if you gave at least one person something to think about, things to reconsider and priorities to re-evaluate; then you’ve done a great job. And in this case, one plus one doesn’t equal two. 1+1 is 4, for the Earth will be twice as thankful.