Here is a true (it happened to me) and heart-warming story that there still are some trusting people in this sometimes shambles of a world we live in.
On Feb. 28 early in the morning, I called from here on Vancouver Island to a florist in the town of Montgomery in Wales.
My good and very long-time friend who lives in Wales had just come out of hospital after a hip replacement and an unfortunate year of illness and accidents of one sort or another. It was just like magic listening to the Welsh lilting voice of the delightful proprietress of this establishment, in the land of my birth.
We discussed the flowers, the message from me was written down and a hilarious few minutes conversation explaining where in the small hamlet of Llandysill my good friend lives, we both knew the area very well of course but explaining exactly where the house was, that was something else.
However, we did just that and then she tells me that they don’t take any kind of cards, credit or debit, and I was momentarily stunned into silence, but she said that they did accept cheques or cash.
I quickly reminded her of where I was calling from, but she said that for 30 years she had run that shop and never had anyone not pay for their flowers, so to just send her a cheque.
I queried that and she said she realized it would be a little while arriving but that was OK and I quickly reassured her that a cheque (or money draft in BPS) would be in the mail that day and it was together with a thank-you card and enclosing a multi-pictured post card of this beautiful area.
Yes some of the skeptics among you can say: “Well she had your friend’s address and she can always go back there for payment” and yes, of course, she could do just that and she has my telephone number.
But in this day and age of computers and credit cards, and GPS, which they didn’t have either, I found this so refreshing.
It also restores ones faith in mankind when those type of incidents happen and so rarely.
So thank you “The Flower House’ in Montgomery, Powys and Jen, and yes I will be in to see you when next visiting your area and you will be receiving one of my big hugs, lucky you.