“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain
I have been a traveler for over a decade now (ahh! I got old!).
Besides not really being rooted in one place, being a traveler also means that I have friends and family scattered all around the world.
I didn’t collect a lot of souvenirs in my travels, but I did collect a lot of friendships.
I have a brother in Spain, friends in dozens of countries, and other loved ones in just about every US state. I’m thinking of doing a World Friend Tour.
But I digress…
What I’m hinting at is that I haven’t always been able to physically BE there with/for someone when they are celebrating major life events or struggling through hard times.
I want to remind my faraway friends that I care and I am thinking of them…an email just doesn’t seem poignant enough some times, and I don’t always trust the mail system (we got some Christmas cards in February once when we lived in Laos).
I have gotten creative over the years and began ordering gifts online from places like Etsy, when it was a holiday or event I could anticipate in advance.
For other, more spur-of-the-moment tokens, I have resorted to ordering flowers online to be delivered to places that are miles away from me.
Flower delivery by Interflora is a place where you can order flowers delivered to more than 140 different countries. Which is amazing!
If you know someone, and they live in some country…you can probably have flowers delivered to them.
I have sent flowers to my mom many times, and to friends who have lost a pregnancy.
It is hard to know what to do in that situation, but I feel like doing nothing is the worst course.
Father’s Day is coming up and I won’t be within 500 miles of my father, but I can send him something special thanks to the magic of the internet!
I love you, internet!