JEFFERSON PARK — On a beautiful spring morning that felt like summer, a pretty blonde woman looked out the apartment window facing the street and noticed something on the hood of her car.
"It was a single red rose with a stuffed Teddy bear and a note. A Hallmark card that said, 'Love is forever,' but had nothing else written on it," she said. "It was sweet … and I was kinda freaked out."
She gathered the random tokens of affection — if that's what they were — and headed to work.
The whole drive there she couldn't stop wondering who might have left that beautiful flower, cute li'l bear and sweet message reminding her that love endures.
"Was it from a neighbor? An ex-boyfriend?" she asked herself. "Was it someone I know … a secret admirer? Do I have a stalker? Does someone love me? Is that someone watching me?"
Then, the object of a secret admirer's affection — who asked not to be identified beyond the color of her hair for obvious reasons — decided not to think about it anymore. She had a busy day ahead and planned to focus on that.
"I went to a friend's desk to talk to her about work stuff that we needed to get done," she said. "When she saw the rose and the Teddy bear under my arm she said, 'Wait a minute, we need to talk about this rose.' "
And for more than a month, her friends have been talking about the steady stream of roses, irises and tiger lilies that have been left on her windshield since that first morning.
"To the person who put the single red rose on my car this morning, thank you!" she posted on Facebook on the morning of May 7. "Slightly (very) creepy, but still made me start my day with a smile."
The rose-leaving Romeo struck the next day and a few times a week — every morning Memorial Day weekend — a dozen times since then.
And every time the woman snaps a photo of the pretty bouquets — six yellow roses, a mix of spring flowers and a giant rose with a three-foot stem, among them — she texts it to friends and posts on Facebook.
And after a while, her co-workers would start their day by waking her up with hopeful text messages asking, "Any flowers today?"
"They all think that it's hilarious and super cute," she said.
They've had some fun trying to figure out just who the mystery man with the pretty flowers might be.
She said she has ruled out all her exes, questioned all her friends and considered all her neighbors — even the guy she bumped into on the sidewalk who laughed at her and said, "Boy, someone is really in love," in a thick Polish accent, as potential suspects — but still can't figure out who it might be.
"One of my friends said I should go to all the grocery stores to see what kind of flowers they sell that day, so I did that," she said.
"Another friend suggested that the guy must be a florist, but there's only one florist in my neighborhood and it never looks open. I don't hang out at neighborhood bars. My friends all live too far away just to swing by in the middle the night. I'm totally clueless."
After deciding that the roses were more sweet than creepy, she decided to reach out to her mystery suitor. She typed a note, laminated it and left it on her car hoping for a response.
"Thank you so much for all the beautiful flowers," she wrote. "Who are you?"
The next day, another rose was there and the note was gone.
"That was two weeks ago," she said. "And still nobody's fessing up."
There's no telling when the next rose will show up — he's left flowers on every day of the week except Sunday — and found her car no matter where it's parked.
Despite her friends pleading with her to stake out her own car, she flatly refuses.
"There's no way I'm staying up all night looking out the window in a dark house waiting for some guy who might not show up to put roses on my car," she said.
When she told her family about the roses, her mom was a little worried about her single daughter living in the big city.
"But my grandmother laughs at me. She said, 'It's probably one of your Polish neighbors in need of a green card,'" the blonde said. "And all I could say was, 'Thanks, Gram. Thanks a lot.' "
After six weeks of roses, she remains intrigued.
"Whoever it is, I think they have good intentions because they've been doing it for so long," she said. "It's kind of exciting to think about who it could be and the anticipation of who it could be and not knowing if I'm ever going to find out."
Still, she isn't sure she wants to solve the mystery.
"I wonder what will happens if I do find out who it is. Is that when he's going to stop giving me flowers?" she said. "That would be horrible because I really like the flowers … and I don't want that to end."
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