Thank You, Mystery Giver


Some thoughtful, dear person sent me these Christmas Tulips with the lovely candy-cane vase! Also included in the florist's box was a little box of chocolates. Yum! What was missing was the identify of such a gracious giver of a beautiful gift!

I so want to thank you! If you see this hub, accept my joyful thanks! Your gift warmed my heart and as you see in the photo, - it has graced my coffee table, which was in its usual disarray; but was made more beautiful by the festive bouquet.

The glorious tulips!

An anonymous gift of flowers -

A complete surprise!

Sent with only these

Words of identity -

"love you" -

Clearly meant to please,

And they do!

How puzzling!

How wonderful!

How perplexing!

How exciting!

It gives me pause.

So was it ~ YOU?

Of course,

I cannot really ask you,

It would embarrass.

But know that

I love you, too,

For being so nice -

My secret Santa Claus.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


'Simple Gifts' - 'Carnivale' - 'The Gift' - featuring Jim Brickman, with Martina McBride and many other superb musicians

If you did decide to

'Come clean' and tell me,

I'd be ever so glad!

If not, of course -

I can't be mad. . .

At -YOU!

~ Thank you with all my heart and my best to you and yours!! ~

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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

A lovely gift to get Nellieanna. One richly deserved as well. I envy you. It must be great to have a "secret admirer".

Have a great Christmas.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Christopher! Well, it's quite exciting, but also frustrating not to be able to thank the person properly!

You too, have a great Christmas. I'm to go to Christmas dinner at the Melrose Hotel with my stepson and his wife. A little different plan but sounds quite lovely. The Melrose is a kind of landmark and noted for its great food, too.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I'm not surprised that you have a secret admirer, hon,

The only real surprise, Nellieanna, is that it is only one!

Thanks for this lovely Christmas gift and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, DRBJ - You make me blush. Thank you, dear lady!

This secret admirer thing both amazes me and brings awareness of a lovely possibility that any one of us may have one or more mystery admirers or appreciators, whether or not they make their presence known with presents. :-) It also makes me aware of the preciousness of everyone I know who could be that kind and generous person! I wonder if this person realizes how far-reaching the kindness is!

I'm reminded of a custom at one of my colleges. The week before Christmas vacation, we drew names in the dorm so we could secretly do something for that person each day. It was called 'Peanut Week' and the person whose name we drew was our "Peanut". We weren't to just buy gifts, we could use our imaginations: - polish her shoes, clean her room, leave her a little hand-made gift, - whatever we could think of that would please her, the more spontaneous, the better. Part of the fun of it.

Of course she usually left the secret giver a lovely thank-you note, as well. One of the things I remember doing for my Peanut was decorating her desk with a large poinsettia I made out of heavy red and green paper for its petals and sepals, painting some features on them, and piling its center with lemon drops to represent the flower's stamen and pistils. I had so much fun doing it and my peanut was delighted. Her note lifted my spirits for the entire week. She called me a 'creative genius'. What better present for a shy 16 year old than that! It inspired me to express myself more often! - haha!

That whole week had a sort of magic aura about it as we wondered who the sweet secret givers could be and realized it could be any one of our dorm mates! I miss that kind of Christmas magic. Now some lovely, considerate person has restored my sense of the magic! Just amazing.

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DavePrice 4 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

You have so many admirers, I'm amazed you only received one! The family sends all our love and blessings.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Dave -- what a joy to see you!

As I said to DRBJ above - an appreciative person needn't send a gift to be a treasured friend and even an admirer. One wonders who's the most benefitted, the sender or the receiver!

Thank you for your kind compliment. I send my love to your precious family, too, at this special season - and all seasons. Hugs.

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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

What fun to have Secret Santa! Wonderful poem to thank him/her.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Isn't it, Flora! Such fun! I had to think of some way to thank the person and came up with this thank you. If it was not someone on HP, the only other idea I had was skywriting one, maybe at the North Pole! :-) Thank you for coming by and enjoying it.

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

How romantic! But also such a frustration not to know who the sender is. Of course you, my dearest Nellieanna, are able to cope with your own curiosity. Mine will torture me for days. Or perhaps you know who the sender is? Awwww, how romantic! Lol! You are such a lovely and adorable woman; I am sure if all your admirers send you flowers, your home will be an instant garden. Speaking of a garden and friends – when you get a minute please click over to my corner... The message of my latest hub is also meant for you... especially for you as well.

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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Okay, well, it was me. Ha ha, only kidding. What a wonderful surprise for you! Years ago, I took up flower design and used to go dumpster diving for flowers, winding up with loads of flowers. I made some flower arrangements a couple of times, and snuck down the street to leave them on a woman's porch. She was and still is, such a lovely person and I thought it would be fun to play Flower Bunny. Then, I started to worry that she might get creeped out.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, my, Dolores! I read that first sentence and took a huge in-breath and said "Aha!" Then I read the next one. haha. Well, so my lovely surprise is still a rather perplexing (but nice) puzzle.

Your experience with leaving the arrangements on a neighbor's porch sounds such fun. But, yeah - that could present misconceptions, I guess. hehe.

Mine came in a florist's mailing box, with the vase carefully packed in the box and instructions on how to handle the flowers included. Tulips are thirsty blossoms with rather flimsy stems, so I was instructed to leave them in their cellophane wrapper in water with some of the included flower food for a number of hours to drink before placing them in new water with more flower food as an arrangement. They're still on my coffee table but in the meantime, I've had to shorten the stems quite a bit. The fir greenery provides some height still. But I'm afraid they may not make it much longer. But what a joy they've been!

For years I kept fresh flowers on that table but last New Year's I switched to several live plants. They've been a pleasure too, besides providing oxygen when the house is closed up.

Thanks so much for the fun comment and the brief hope that the mystery had been solved! :-)

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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Nellie - just imagine the fun that the sender had, how the joy is in the giving equally. Merry Christmas!

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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

A wonderful surprise and yet you desrve it so much. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas holiday and my very best wishes for the New Year.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yep, Dolores -I've thought about that! And spreading it around, too, since my gratitude pours out to everyone because of it - any one of whom could have done it! hehe

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, hello - thank you, sweetie! I do appreciate it! Hope your Christmas is deeply satisfying, too! Hugs. And may 2012 be wonderful for all of us!

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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland

Nellieanna, what a wonderful surprise! You have so many admirers, it could be anyone! It was not me though, only because I didn't think of it first! But your admirer is a thoughtful soul who must hold you close in their heart to want you to have this wonderful surprise and an extra lovely Christmas holiday!

I do wish you a very Merry Christmas and the brightest blessings for a healthy and happy New Year!

Love, Erin

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Erin, you know what's the funniest part of it? I keep up with one of my very first online friends/admirers. We've been in touch since 1998 and over the years, have exchanged a lot of discussion and several little gifts. He's sent me a mini-art kit to take with me wherever I might want to sketch, he sent George some Navy memorabilia, since they each had Navy service. Last Valentine's he sent me flowers with a vase, little box of chocolates & a little teddybear with an unsigned card which just said "just because you're awesome!" Lately we've been out of touch, but that's not unusual. We're both very busy people, so it's one of those things in which, whenever we do make contact again, it's like no time has passed. We've never met in person but he's one of my special friends in my life.

Well, these Christmas flowers came from an online florist based where he lives (the same one as supplied the Valentine's flowers). It was so like something he'd do & even without signing the card. So I called him to thank him - but he didn't send them!!! He must have felt sort of put-on-the-spot and I felt quite presumptuous. He's even checked with the florist to be sure they hadn't set up a repetitive order (which I doubted would include the message!) He's double-checked on it and asked several times if I've resolved the mystery, so I'm sure it wasn't his doing. And he wouldn't deny it if it were.

Is that wild or what? It certainly cured me of asking people if they'd sent it, except for my younger step-son in Colorado. Any other family members definitely would have signed it. But it wasn't Michael either. But it's certainly intensified my curiosity and desire to thank the person! Plus it's brought a whole new dimension to the season for me. Rather wonderful! :-)

Thank you, dear Erin and I wish you a big Merry Christmas and blessed New Year!

I made this for Ian and Mike on another hub comment thread and though it was made just for them, I don't think they'll mind if I include you in my big ole Texas hug and grin:

femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Nellieanna -

Uhmmm .... you've got a stalker!


I couldn't get a stalker if I PAID one to stalk me! (Grin!!!)

Teasing aside ... what a wonderful gift!! I'm happy for you and it's rather fun isn't it? Having secret admirers?

You're a class act girlfriend! I can understand why most of the males on the Hub being inclined to send you flowers!

Happy New Year!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Well, the mystery is solved. It was from my daughter! Never would I expect her to send a gift anonymously. She's sent me flowers before but very definitely signed! Seems the florist goofed! So - sigh - no secret admirer. But I am bowled over by such a lovely gift from my daughter! And the effects of not knowing meant that I have felt so grateful to everyone! That has extra bonus value and now I knoiw that my own Dyane did it! I found out when I called Christmas Ever (in Bloomington, Ind.) to wish them all Merry Christmas and she asked if I received the flowers! haha. And meantime, I've fantasized about secret admirers. tee hee.

Thanks for the sweet comment!! And - wrong - I can well imagine guys being your secret admirers, Femme!!! :-)

Happy New Year to you!!

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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I bet she wondered why you hadn't called her earlier :)

femmeflashpoint 4 years ago


The mystery was fun while it lasted, lol!!

I had all sorts of suited-suitors for you conjuring in my head! This has been the best mystery of the month!

I think flowers, any time of year make for a wonderful gift.

Like her mother, your daughter is a class act. :)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, Flora - that's so! She must have thought me a very ungrateful Mother! haha. Fortunately we have a kind of timeless connection, though. I just hope she didn't explain my oversight by old age infirmity! haha Thanks for the visit!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

That was a classy daughter-gift, for sure, Femme! My baby daughter will be 55 in April - and has 5 daughters and several grandchildren of her own! :-) She knows I love tulips. I should have suspected. The whole thing was so mysterious, though. I even thought of one of my stepsons! He would belikely not to sign the card. He usually doesn't sign his emails.

Actually, since I first called my long-term friend, thinking he'd sent them, I've been enjoying renewed pleasantries with him. We've become good friends and have flirted off and on for going-on 14 years but have never met in person. He's starting to catch up with me in years and to narrow the difference in them. ;-) tee hee.

Thank you for your comments! Fun!

femmeflashpoint 4 years ago

Nellieanna -

Fourteen years?

What is it you're waiting for?

I think you should make plans and be packing for a trip, lol!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aren't you a sweetie to be concerned about me!! Hugs . . .

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saddlerider1 4 years ago

Nellieanna the list of secret admirers is to long for you to comprehend. If I could I would send you a whole FLORIST SHOP of your favorite flower and I know you have a few of those. I am so happy that you were surprised and that it put a big smile on your face, wondering who that mystery person may have been.

Alas your daughter, love comes to you in all ways my dear friend. The pictures are beautiful, I could almost smell their perfumes whiffing through the air. Hugs.

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken! What a delight to see you here! And with such complimentary words. (blush) You've certainly cheered up my day! It was a most enjoyable incident, and the truth was great too! My sweet Dyane sent the flowers.

Yes, those flowers were just exquisite! They made the room so pleasant for days!

Thank you, my dear friend, for the lovely comments and visit! Hugs!

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Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland

Nellieanna, thank you for including me in your video. I left you a comment today! I was just getting back around to checking all the comments I'd left.

I'm so glad your mystery has been solved, sort of. You know that it could have been any one of your admirers. And I'd bet that if your address was known to your fans, you'd be getting presents all the time in the mail! My lady, you certainly have a way of touching us all with your eloquent words and magical way of transporting us into your world. May your new year be happy and bright!

Lots and lots of hugs!

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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Erin - it is always my great pleasure when you're included anywhere! You made my morning the brighter with your comments on the video as well as these right here! You are so kind and flattering! Hugs!

The mystery was fun while it lasted and knowing has been fun ever since! :-)

Hope your day is lovely and your 2012 will be day after lovely day -- Hugs.

dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Oh, what a nice Christmas surprise, Nellieanna. You are so deserving of such a great idea and gift. Someone must know you love flowers, especially roses. I wish with all my heart that you receive more gifts with love sent your way. 'Merry Christmas', dear lady! : ) Thanks for sharing this and the beautiful video with us too.

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, dear sweet Gwen. Oh, yes, it was a lovely surprise, though actually this hub was written last Christmas when I received it, my first Christmas gift. Yes, it was from someone who knew my love of flowers, especially tulips; -- they were from my dear daughter, Dyane.

It was such a precious experience I decided to spotlight it for this Christmas season!

Merry Christmas to you too! Hugs!

dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Wow, I thought it was this year! ; ) Sorry about that! The flowers still look great too. (chuckle, chuckle). Guess I should wear my glasses, eh? (thinking the flowers were roses, as they were tulips) silly me! Hugs back!

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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

haha - - not a problem. I just thought it was worth spotlighting, as much for the dilemma wondering who sent them as anything. It was a little confusing now during this Christmas season, I'm sure, but now is when it 'fits'.

The picture really does look very much like rose buds. The tulips were sort of miniature and hadn't opened up much yet, so easy to mistake for roses! It was all fun, both not knowing who sent them and racking my brain - I saw they came from an online florist in San Diego, where I have a good friend who had sent me flowers for Valentines that year; but of course I didn't want to ask him & possibly put him on the spot. The florist wouldn't divulge the sender & there was no name on the card! So I had a time trying to figure it out, imagining all manner of secret admirers, till finally my daughter came forward and asked if I'd gotten them - and the mystery was solved!

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