It was the telling of how Mitt's father put a rose by his mother's bed daily. And the extraordinary moment when she realized that he had passed...for the rose was not there.
It was deep.
Now of course the works of the father, good or bad, don't necessarily transfer to the son. Especially in romantic views of humanity. While articulating his father's gentle passion, Mitt is the man, remember, who said that corporations were people when, actually, one of the biggest tasks of a corporation is to make individuals faceless and nameless behind a shield of a logo. To "unpeople" risk and blame.
Still, the rose story resonated.
But then we started to think how difficult it might have been for the head of a major car manufacturing company, Governor of Michigan and, later, Secretary of HUD to make it home every night to place said rose in lieu of dealing with, say, union strife, floods and urban planning meetings.
A flower for a wife is not new. Men all over the world do it and it means something. But getting it there can be a bit of a task.
Enter a thedarkroome.com FB friend who dropped this article from the UK's DailyMail written in August of 2009. It beautifully and simply outlines a story of a farmer and a farmer's wife who, now in their 80's, still celebrate romance with a kiss good-night and good-morning and a rose for her. Everyday. This makes sense because they worked around one another sharing the intensity of the workload. He was there to place the rose because she was there to help him work.
At the opposite end of the scale is someone whose workload more closely resembled Daddy Romney's. Hollywood star Jack Benny...who, in this account, had roses sent to his wife every year and arraigned for her to receive a new single one everyday once he had died. That makes more sense because, you know, Benny's schedule and, uh, skirt-sprinting, caused long workdays. Now add in huge political or fiscal responsibilities and the logistics for "rose-droppin" get a little complicated. The more we think on this the easier it is to ask; maybe Romney actually DID take, uh, learn something from his UK trip?