Downtown LA flower market flooded with shoppers ahead of Mother’s Day

The popular downtown LA flower market was buzzing with customers two days before Mother’s Day. People were getting their hands on big, beautiful bouquets for their moms, grandmothers, aunts and sisters.

For Evelyn Valencia talking about her mom triggered an emotion. Her mother Maria has been battling cancer for about five years. She always fights the good fight; to this Evelyn said, “I thank God for this blessing because a lot of people there don’t have their mothers you know…”

One after another we saw people entering the flower market with no flowers and coming out with lots of flowers. Among them was a 10-year-old boy named Leo Ruiz. He says his mother is special because “she’s kind and pretty”.

We also caught up with Elena Cordova buying flowers for her mother Elvira Mendoza. She describes her mother as “…a good mother and great-grandmother!”

We also met Jake Medina, 35. At the age of 21, he was shot while driving through South Los Angeles. He credits his mother for getting him through things.

“I got shot in 2008 in front of my house. Guys walked by and shot me and my friend and I was paralyzed,” Medina said. If it wasn’t for his mom, he says, “I wouldn’t have a good support system around me.”

Another Mother’s Day shopper we came across was Whisper Jones. “My mom, she’s disabled, but I’m doing my best to make sure she has a great Mother’s Day. I got her all these flowers,” he said.

This brings us back to Evelyn Valencia. Who says, “treasure his love, tell him you love him everyday and just love him!” And, as she stood there, her mother said, “I love you girl.”

Terisa K. Carn