Do you like to buy somethings for yourself that others might consider luxury items?
Twice a month I buy roses from my friend Bonnie, a florist. The roses are beautiful, and they always remind me of the fleeting nature of life. I never did figure out the purpose of an artificial flower.
Bonnie’s roses come all the way to the seaside from Columbia. There, they are grown in huge greenhouses, in an ideal climate for producing these magnificent blooms. Most of the workers growing the roses are single mothers. During the production of the roses dozens of fungicides and pesticides are used to preserve the flowers. Theses chemicals negatively affect the women’s health, but that is of secondary concern to them when their children are hungry. The women often work in harsh conditions, in countries such as Columbia, where labour standards are difficult to enforce.
Would it be better to boycott buying roses from Columbia ? If we did that, the poverty of Columbian women would increase even more.
I continue to buy roses. As I enjoy them, I pray for the women who have grown them, and I continue to ask God for the grace to enjoy every moment of life as it passes.