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I was gifted a dozen roses while walking my dog...

I was walking my dog along Greenville Avenue when I was approached by a group of gentlemen. All wearing polo shirts and khaki shorts, it turns out they were a corporate group on a team building scavenger hunt. One of their tasks was to gift a stranger with flowers. I happened to be in the right place at the right time. How fortunate!

The world’s oldest living rose is believed to be 1,000 years old. It grows on the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany and its presence is documented since A.D. 815. According to the legend, the rosebush symbolizes the prosperity of the city of Hildesheim; as long as it flourishes, Hildesheim will not decline. In 1945 allied bombers destroyed the cathedral, yet the bush survived. Its roots remained intact beneath the debris, and soon the bush was growing strong again.
Loveliest of lovely things are they on earth that soonest pass away. The rose that lives its little hour is prized beyond the sculptured flower.
— William Cullen Bryant