On my way to meet a mate, and gonna drop a rose at Martin Place later.
I wanted to buy the pretty white rose from the florist next to the entrance of Central Station. I asked the florist if many people had been buying flowers for the Martin Place incident. She said yes. I then said to her that on this occasion, she probably hoped she wouldn’t be selling those flowers, and she nodded in agreement. A number of florists sold out within minutes, as the response was overwhelming.
When she was done wrapping my rose, she asked if I’d like a card. I thought for a second and said nah, put my hand on my heart, and just shrugged.
I gave her the money and she pushed it back. She gave it to me for free. She was touched. And I was surprised. But this is how Aussies are, particularly at times like this.
About 300 people lined up to pay tribute to the victims of Martin Place. In these photos, I think the few people inside the barricade standing next to the flowers are friends and relatives.
Here’s the background story of the crazy gunman, Man Haron Monis, who murdered two innocent civilians. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. What a nightmare it must be for them, especially just before Christmas. I hope there won’t be a repeat of anything like this, not only here in Australia, but anywhere else in the world.