Danny Wakefield had just gone on a date, and he was completely smitten. The next day, he went out and bought a massive sunflower for $5, intending to leave it on the windshield for the woman he was dating. Then he thought — maybe that was too much too soon. Better not.
But he didn’t want to leave the flower to die either; so he grabbed the flower on his way to work, figuring that it would brighten some stranger’s day. He didn’t expect the reaction he would get once he gave it away.
“What happened next has left me changed in ways I don’t have words for yet,” Wakefield wrote, sharing the experience on Facebook.
That day, he went and drank his morning coffee at a cafe instead of taking it to go as usual, and he saw a woman sitting at a table, reading something and quietly crying.
“It was like there was a magnet in the sunflower that was being drawn to her, because I knew in that moment she was who I was going to give the sunflower to; she was who I had to give it to,” he wrote.
So he approached the table: “Hey, pardon me. I have this sunflower that I was hoping to give to someone special and that someone I had in mind didn’t work out, but I can feel that you’re special too, so I want you to have it.”
He didn’t even get a chance to hand it to her before she hugged him.
“This complete stranger flew into my arms with tears flowing, and gratitude spewing, as if I was someone she once loved, and lost.
“It’s what she said next that I’m still trying to grip.”
This woman’s fiance had just died the week before, and they were supposed to get married in a few months.
“On their first date he brought her a sunflower, and from then on, got her sunflowers, never roses, because she was the light of his life.”
“He was able to show her that she’ll always be the light of his life and how we as humans have a message to carry that goes far beyond words,” Wakefield wrote. “I’m shaken, awaken, and feeling raw.”
Life is about giving and being of service to others, he reflected. “I challenge you all to find a way to make someone else’s life just a little bit brighter today.”
“You never know the impact you could have.”