When it comes to romance, Rocio Andujo's mom has set a golden standard.
The 21-year-old shared an anecdote that symbolized the passion between her mom, Rosalia, and her dad, Robert, and is inspiring others to adopt a special ritual.
The college student beamed about her romantic parents and told Buzzfeed News:
"[Of] all of the marriages I've seen my parents are one of my favorites & not [because] they're my parents but because I see how much respect they have for each [other]."
One day, Rocio made a beautiful discovery.
Her mother Rosalia had preserved flowers given by her husband when the pair were still dating.
"No one knew my mom had kept those flowers. She also still has the first bouquet of roses he gave her."
My mom kept most of the flowers my dad would pick/give her from when they were bf/gf 😩😂 I love them. https://t.co/5X8mpadYqs— Rocco (@Rocco)1556499329.0
Rocio's father Robert was delighted to make the discovery at the same time. He had no idea about the flowers, and Rocio confirmed her dad was "so shocked and happy."
The proud daughter followed the romantic thread with pictures that captured various stages of her parents' together as a couple over a span of 27-years.
27 years strong <3😢 https://t.co/5C9oo09Pkq— Rocco (@Rocco)1556545099.0
Rocio said that her mother played hard-to-get when she was younger, before giving in to Robert's dedicated charm.
"My mom always knew my dad was a ladies' man & wouldn't really take any girl serious so she always rejected him," Rocio told Buzzfeed, adding, "because she didn't want to be just another girl on his list (her words)."
"After a year & months of my dad chasing after my mom & trying to get a chance with her she finally gave him a chance since she saw that he kept insisting and insisting even after she would reject him."
Eventually, Robert won Rosalia's heart, and her love consequently made him a better man.
"Well all that rejecting made my dad fall over heels... people would always ask my mom what she did to my dad because he changed so much with my mom in a good way."
For someone previously known as a reputable "ladies' man," people couldn't help but notice how much Robert was enamored with Rosalia.
"Everyone could see how in love my dad was with my mom and everyone would get surprised because they had never seen my dad so in love with a girl before."
The discovery of the preserved flowers just made everything sweeter.
@RocioAndujo Oh my goodness I’m crying, I love this!!!— 𝐀𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐥 (@𝐀𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐥)1556502892.0
Inspired by Rosalia's floral symbol of her love, Rocio's Twitter followers began sharing their variations on the tradition.
@RocioAndujo So cute! I put the first flowers my man gave me in a shadow box 😍 https://t.co/UcoT5mD3jG— Karina Valencia (@Karina Valencia)1556597211.0
@RocioAndujo I also pressed and air dried the rest of the flowers 🥰🥰 https://t.co/Jck3Hr7eEu— Karina Valencia (@Karina Valencia)1556669962.0
@RocioAndujo Last flower, last book, last partner. https://t.co/sGmEs3A4Ch— Alexandra♡ (@Alexandra♡)1556591658.0
@OhWowHaha @RocioAndujo I wish I had thought of this! But I’m going to do this in the future and that pressed flower book too— Rebecca Rose 🤷♀️🍷🖕 (@Rebecca Rose 🤷♀️🍷🖕)1556669332.0
@RocioAndujo With the first flowers that my boyfriend gave me. I had a huge bouquet and didn’t want to throw my flo… https://t.co/FGf1oNzFfB— Lizette Esparza (@Lizette Esparza)1556609881.0
@XCharlHaywoodX @Angel_Debonair @IAmCatalinaW @KhaleesiB_ @biggiebean @Caketin707 Look how pretty! The time and pat… https://t.co/zJc7TNmg6z— slipthot (@slipthot)1556651501.0
Some regretted not knowing how to properly dry their flowers.
@RocioAndujo I tried doing this years ago and they started to rot 😭 so I just threw them out. I didn’t know you had… https://t.co/GulXE8PJM6— Mother of Dragons🐉💕 (@Mother of Dragons🐉💕)1556573762.0
But fear not, the good people of Twitter offered their sage expertise.
@KhaleesiB_ Hang them upside down for like 2-3 days. They conserve color and shape and it’s super easy to press them— Oovoo Javer (@Oovoo Javer)1556576910.0
@KhaleesiB_ @biggiebean Just be careful hanging them, some flowers do not do well being dried that way - they shriv… https://t.co/BEI1cTWQeE— slipthot (@slipthot)1556585471.0
@PatriciaFerry13 @RocioAndujo I put them in a dark closet to dry for like two weeks :) then I bought the paper and… https://t.co/O6cyRV0Gwg— Karina Valencia (@Karina Valencia)1556668283.0
@seekin_jannah @RocioAndujo I dried them out before putting them in the box. I’ve had them in there for almost two… https://t.co/R6Xb1FxvVY— Karina Valencia (@Karina Valencia)1556647994.0
Others are noticing how Rocio's parents have not let their looks go.
@RocioAndujo both aged like fine wine!!! 😍— lulu (@lulu)1556573321.0
@RocioAndujo They don’t age! 😩 they look so good!— Chris Morales (@Chris Morales)1556565003.0
@RocioAndujo They're so cute together I'm crying— SukiNaUta (@SukiNaUta)1556650160.0
@RocioAndujo Smoking hot couple 😀— cupcakesandbroccoli (@cupcakesandbroccoli)1556685334.0
@RocioAndujo Wowser! Your parents are beautiful!— ❌ C.C.❌ (@❌ C.C.❌)1556669220.0
Rocio's post is giving disenchanted people hope that enduring love can still exist.
"I hope everyone gets to see more about my post so they can bring back all those romantic gestures & pure love that doesn't really exist anymore."
it’s little things like this i cherish and 100% will do with my significant other https://t.co/K0flS2UfkF— angie of house stark (@angie of house stark)1556569422.0
Nothing could be sweeter.