Just curious what others think:
I received a long e-mail this morning from a fellow who was a dear friend in college. We were groomsmen in each other's weddings many years ago. Although we live maybe 1,500 miles apart, we have stayed in touch somewhat by e-mail and telephone over the years. (We call or write each other maybe two or three times a year.)
In this morning's e-mail, my old friend told me that his very elderly father died back in January after a very brief illness. My friend said that he and his wife were chatting and they suddenly realized that nobody had thought to tell me.
The delay is not a problem for me. (I'm not offended at all.)
Of course I sent a polite e-mail back at once this morning, and tonight or tomorrow I will write an old-fashioned paper letter saying how sorry I am for my friend's loss. (I am sorry for his loss!)
My question is, would it be odd at this late date, almost four months after the funeral, if I were to send my old friend and his wife flowers or a green plant or something like that from a florist? If he had told me right away back in January, I think I would probably have sent flowers or a plant or something... But I'm not sure if it would be "nice" or if it would be "odd" to do so now.
What do others think?