She took a closer look at the photo and, at first, didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. Lowering her gaze to the screen, she began to focus on one specific location, and then she saw it. It was only a sliver of an outline, but it was there.
It was unmistakable. Her heart began to rush.
When the mother posted a photo of her child online, she didn’t think much of it. But, not long after the picture had been shared a dozen times, a friend saw something that no one else had noticed.
The answer to the question that had haunted her for weeks was hidden in the reflection caught in the little girl’s eyes.
Rosie had only been living in the house for a few months. She had recently returned to live with her parents for a short while. But she no longer felt at ease in her childhood home, so she decided to move out on her own.
She and her young daughter relocated to a small neighborhood near Bristol. Her street looked serene and peaceful, yet there was more to it than meets the eye.
Rosie worked from home so she could spend more time with her daughter, Katie. The house they had moved into was historic, with beautiful original parquet flooring, pressed ceilings, and large, open spaces. The first time she saw it, she fell in love with it.
Despite the fact that it was a little out of her price range, she knew this was where she wanted to live. But after living there for a few days she wasn’t so sure anymore.
Rosie, who had been alone in the house all day, made certain that everything was securely locked. After all, you can’t be too cautious when there’s a baby in the house. Despite the fact that she had relocated to a somewhat safe neighbourhood, she was uneasy nevertheless.
Her discomfort was only exacerbated when strange things began to happen.
Rosie was sitting on the back deck of her small house one day. That’s when she noticed the pink flowers scattered throughout the deck. She was delighted to find flowers blooming early, but she was confused as to where they had come from. She didn’t have that kind of plant in her garden, and neither did her neighbors.
She suspected the wind had blown them there, although it hadn’t been windy in a while. She eventually forgot about it, but not for long.
It wasn’t long before other unusual events began to occur in the residence. Rosie awoke one night to a clattering sound coming from the kitchen. She called her local security company since she was too scared to investigate herself and assumed that someone had broken in. They arrived within minutes and investigated every nook and cranny of the house, but they couldn’t find the source of the noise.
A window was cracked open — and on the counter was a solitary pink flower. Since then Rosie made it a point to always close that window tightly.
Rosie observed a few more pink blossoms on her deck a couple of days later. This couldn’t be a coincidence. She went outside and peered over her neighbor’s wall, but there weren’t any plants with the same flowers. She was more than a bit alarmed, and she wondered where they were coming from.
Rosie was beginning to take this more seriously now. Is it possible that the flowers were left on purpose? Was she being stalked?
Because of the layout of Rosie’s street, it was difficult to narrow down any possible suspects. “We live on a street of terraced houses that backs onto another street of terraced houses with a kind of garden corridor between,” she explains.
The majority of her neighbours had easy access to her back deck. So she began racking her brain, trying to recall everyone she had met since moving in.
Even after compiling a list of everyone she’d met since moving here, Rosie was no closer to figuring out who was leaving flowers for her to find. Flowers are typically associated with love, implying that whoever was responsible had a secret crush on her.
She was terribly frightened. The flowers kept coming for weeks. Then, one day, the truth was revealed.
Rosie was recording Katie as she played on the front porch. At the very least, the flowers weren’t there today – perhaps whoever had been leaving them had moved on, she reasoned.
But it wasn’t until she shared images of Katie online that an eagle-eyed friend noticed it — the silhouette of an animal with something pink in its mouth.
Rosie had finally found the answer she had been racking her head over for weeks. All of the sleepless nights worried about stalkers vanished in an instance. Her Facebook friend had commented “I didn’t know you had a cat! Congrats!” She had figured out who was giving her flowers.
But she also realized she needed proof of the incident or no one would believe her.
Rosie had been watching and waiting for her for days. Her heart began to pound as she peered out the window at the visitor. Willow, the neighbor’s cat, was making her way to her deck. Willow was a friendly cat that enjoyed socialising with everyone in the neighborhood, so this wasn’t unusual.
But when Rosie saw what Willow was holding – pink roses in her mouth — her mouth dropped to the floor.
Rosie couldn’t believe what she was seeing, and she didn’t think anybody else would either, so she dashed to her phone to film it. “I was so excited that I went to film it because she’s so cute and I’d never seen a cat ever bring back anything but dead animals before,” she says.
It was now sure. Willow was a unique cat.
Rosie started stocking up on cat food and goodies for Willow’s visits. She also kept all of the cardboard boxes from the packages she received because she knows how much cats enjoy sitting in them. Her plan paid off, and she, Katie, and Willow quickly became great friends.
It was the final piece in Rosie’s puzzle. Willow seemed to be aware of this.
Willow had made a significant difference in Rosie’s life. Willow, on the other hand, had a large number of human friends. Everyone in the neighbourhood adored Willow and welcomed her into their homes.
Rosie had no reason to believe she was special, and she certainly didn’t expect it. But she couldn’t hold back her tears when she saw Willow handing her flowers.
Rosie felt a rush of relief as she realized the flowers didn’t have any evil or hidden message. For the first time in weeks, she felt secure. More than anything, a cat carrying flowers was an uncommon occurrence.
From where did she get them? And why was she bringing them to Rosie in the first place?
No one else in Rosie’s neighborhood had received flowers from Willow that spring, as far as she knew. Then she discovered something much more incredible: Willow was giving her pink flowers from her owners’ garden!
“She clearly likes us because she steals flowers from [her owners] and leaves them on our deck,” Rosie explained.
“Willow rules over about six of the gardens, and I’m pretty sure she gets fed by everyone because she’s very difficult to say no to,” says Rosie.
As she got to know her new neighbors, they all told her similar stories of Willow sneaking into their homes at night through open windows.
People couldn’t get enough of Rosie’s ‘secret admirer’ video after she posted it on YouTube and Facebook. The video has been viewed more than 800,000 times since then, and everyone who saw it felt compelled to share it with their friends!
This strange but beautiful story can surely bring a smile to anyone’s face. Having a cat as your secret admirer definitely beats anything in the world.