Taking Time To Smell The Flowers: Husband Plants Thousands Of Fragrant Blooms For Blind Wife!
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Toshiyuki and Yasuko Kuroki, dairy farmers in Japan, had been married for 30 years and were working toward fulfilling their dream-retirement plans when tragedy struck. Within the space of a week, the then-52-year-old Yasuko became blind due to complications of diabetes. Her loss of sight and the inability to realize their retirement dreams sent her into a state of depression, causing Yasuko to retreat into their home. Her loving husband took note of a fragrant fuchsia flower growing on the farm and developed a plan to bring her back out of the house. Over a period of two years, Toshiyuki planted shibazakura, transforming the farm that once served as a home to dairy cattle into a flower garden carpeted in purple.
The flowers, which bloom during Japan’s cherry blossom season, began to draw visitors to the farm. They also began to draw Mrs. Kuroki back outside her self-made prison.
When Toshiyuki began the project he had hopes that a few visitors would help to lift his wife’s spirits. Twenty-five years later, it brings thousands of visitors each year.
Although she could not see the flowers, their fragrance was in the air. As she spent more time outside, she encountered some of the visitors who came to see the results of her husband’s work of love. These interactions lifted her depression and helped her to deal more effectively with blindness.
As of 2014, visitors regularly encounter both of them in the vast garden he has created. As for Yasuko, the blindness that once stole her happiness can no longer steal her smile.
Toshiyuki’s unconditional love for his wife sought opportunities to encourage her and give her hope in the face of a disease that took her eyesight. While he could not repair the damage of the disease, he was able to give her life a new meaning. Do you have a story of someone encouraging and inspiring their spouse? Please share!