You buy her lilies because roses are too cliche. She hates lilies because they remind her of funerals. So you buy her gardenias at your mother’s suggestion. For years, your house smells of gardenias. Then, one year, it smells of lilies.

Originally from a prompt in /r/writingprompts.

Five beautiful, simple, yet very strong sentences that have moved me and inspired me since the first read. This piece gives me goosebumps every time.

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