I'll Never Be A GardenerI'll Never Be A Gardener

I'll Never Be a Gardener

by Connie H. Deutsch

The other day, I received a small floral arrangement that was beautiful but it didn't look like a floral arrangement. It was small and in the shape of a bird's nest and, instead of it being in a glass or plastic vase, it was very lightweight and the outside felt like the twigs of a real nest. At the top was a beautiful red cardinal that looked lifelike and at the bottom were a couple of pine cones that looked real.

Not knowing what to do, I called the flower shop and asked them if the arrangement needed to be watered. The man told me that there is a small piece of floral foam in the bottom that is called an oasis, and every couple of days, you put a little water into the center to keep it moist. I hung up, still not being sure because the outside of the arrangement looked and felt like a real bird's nest but it had no fragrance.

Many years ago, I got a job working for a doctor and the first day on the job, as he was leaving the office, he pointed to a huge plant in the corner of the waiting room and told me to water the plant before I left for the night. I have since learned that while others are blessed with a green thumb, I have a totally black thumb and anything living, will die a quick death.

That night, before I left the office, I took the watering can that the doctor had pointed to and filled it with water. Then I went over to this enormous plant and, very carefully, started pouring water into it. The plant kept absorbing the water as fast as I was adding the water, so I kept on adding more water. Mind you, this was the first time I had ever been charged with watering a plant.

All of a sudden, my feet felt wet and my shoes were squishing. I looked down and I was standing in almost an inch of water that was going in all directions in the new waiting room. I was horrified.

The next morning, I confessed my egregious mistake to the doctor and he started to laugh. It was a joke. The monstrosity of a plant was artificial and the bottom of the pot was designed with a hole.

by Connie H. Deutsch
References and Bibliography
Connie’s books: Whispers of the Soul, A Slice of Life, Whispers of the Soul for the Rest of Your Life, View from the Sidelines, Reaching for the Brass Ring of Life, Here and There, The Counseling Effect...and more. Visit website: http://www.conniehdeutsch.com to Read more Connie H Deutsh Articles
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