The young man ahead of my father at the flower shop
was taking an unusually long time to place his order.
When the clerk asked how she could help,
he explained that his girlfriend was turning 19
and he couldn't decide whether to give her a dozen roses or 19 roses --
one for each year of her life.
The woman put aside her business judgment and advised,
"She may be your 19-year-old girlfriend now,
but someday she could be your 50-year-old wife."
The young man bought a dozen roses.