African violets are, apparently, manly flowers. I did not know this, but they are what FTD delivers as a get-well bouquet for a male recipient. As to why someone sends a man recovering from abdominal surgery a basket fill with ten pounds of processed cheeses and meats . . . and these people are his friends.
I can use the basket for hauling stuff around at Christmas, and the cats will eat the violets. Summer sausage with hot pepper jack cheese, anyone?