This post is part of a series of tongue-in-cheek streams of consciousness inspired by the holidays.
This is an idea I’ve had for awhile but never got the chance to try out before now. Lollipop boutonnieres–because why not? I think flowers caught on as formal décor because they look nice (obviously) and the contrast between artificial and natural ornamentation. Flowers are plants trying to look visually attractive to appeal to insects so they can spread the love to other plants. Suits/dresses are men and women wearing our most formal, expertly-crafted clothes to look attractive for our partners. It’s a beautiful contrast of ideas then, to put the two together.
I see lollipop boutonniere as a contrast too: between formality and frivolity. It’s the stuffy adult clothes and simple joys of childhood coming together. Lollipops still serve the “looks colorful and pretty” purpose of flowers while also remaining carefree and fun. Now, that flower can remain where it needs to be, in a garden making the bees and other flowers happy. At the same time, us adults can look nice without taking ourselves too seriously or paying a lot of money for some flowers that are just gonna die the next day.
While I’m at it, lollipop bouquets are a nice idea too. That’d be a great idea to wow a girl with a unique spin on a traditional present. It’d be nice if candy stores sold lollipops with long sticks so they could be wrapped up to look like a traditional bouquet, but I’m sure there’s a way to do that at home.
I was eating a lollipop the other night and thinking about the fall of Saruman. He was the White Wizard, and tried to make himself into something greater by becoming “Saruman of Many Colors” not realizing that White already is all the colors combined, and in doing so, he had only broken himself by dressing in a rainbow.
This lollipop…imagine if there was an old (wo)man handing out lollipops for the kids…and (s)he said:
“Look…underneath that fancy dye and decoration all your lollipops are the same pure white. We are all a blank slate, we all have the potential to be anything. So let’s not fight about who gets the red lollipop or the blue. Let’s all remember that on the inside…everyone is sweet. Amiright, Jesus?”
That (wo)man, if (s)he existed…would be the best President. (S)He would be the Aquarian Jesus. (S)He would be the true White Wizard to ward off the Necromancer, Sauron. We need a (wo)man who brings flowers and lollipops. Not fasces and bullets. Y’know what I’m saying?
Some very interesting observations. Well written as usual.