When I was a little girl, maybe 6 or 7, our town had a florist shop called Lindley's. It was a very elite operation and sold expensive, sometimes rare, and exotic plants, like orchids, as well as cut flowers. I went in there with my mother or grandmother countless times. The place was always bustling and had that humid smell of potting soil, fresh greenery and sweet blossoms. It was heaven on Earth in the winter! Inside, not far from the front door was a shallow pool of koi. I didn't even look at the rest of the store. The pool had at least six fat 18 inch fish swirling around in crystal water over bright little aqua blue tiles.
Like any other child, I was given the necessary shiny penny to throw in among the cruising koi so I could make a wish. An underwater treasure of at least three dollars in pennies laid under the bellies of the great fish on any given day. The shy, gleaming fish were so beautiful! I remember sitting blissfully on the edge of the pool watching the koi the entire time my adult escort was busy in the shop, and I remember being sharply disappointed when it was time to leave too. I wish I had remembered to wish for more time to stay there!