From Sharon Gardiner, Commerce Township:
For three years, I have had an antique wheelbarrow filled with silk flowers sitting toward the end of the driveway next to a split rail fence from March or April until the end of November. In the spring, I paint the wheelbarrow either pink or blue and fill it with lots and lots of spring silk flowers. In the summer I repaint the wheelbarrow yellow and refill it with summer silk flowers. Finally in the fall, I repaint the wheelbarrow orange and refill it with fall silk flowers. It really adds a great touch to that area of the yard. It serves as a “landmark” for finding the driveway, and I’ve received several positive comments.
At 8:30 a.m. on Mother’s Day, May 13, the flowers were in the wheelbarrow; at 11 a.m. that same morning, the flowers, and the pots they were in, all of which sat in the wheelbarrow, were gone. The wheelbarrow, still tied to the split rail fence, was the only item left. “Shocked” would be a good word to describe my feelings; “extremely disappointed” would be (two more). It isn’t just the money that I spent on all the silk flowers that bothers me — it is the fact that a person can no longer have something of beauty for others to enjoy sitting on their own property.
I have no idea who did this or why, and I probably never will. Did some lucky mom or grandma receive a wonderful display of colorful silk flowers for Mother’s Day that just made their day? Or did someone steal them just because that is what they wanted to do? However, it certainly didn’t make for a very happy Mother’s Day for me — and I am a mom and grandma.
There is certainly more serious crimes committed, but I just needed to vent my frustration.