may 15, 2014

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“It don’t matter how pretty you are, if you’re a bitch ain’t no nobody gonna like you.”
~ Loretta Zoe

 

neighbors
neighbors

 

I’ve been waiting two years for these yellow iris to bloom. My neighbor at the end of the street with the most beautiful iris gardens traded for a few of my African iris. Elaine Heis gave me the African iris when I bought my house. See how this works? When I thanked my neighbor, she very quickly stopped me. “You’re not supposed to say thank you for a plant.” I was taken aback, afraid I had somehow been rude in giving thanks. It turned out to be an old wives’ tale, one I had obviously never heard. The superstition claims that thanking the giver for a plant dooms it to die. Instead, one can say something like, “I appreciate this,” or “I’ll give them a good home.” Once I understood her meaning, and fought the urge to thank her again and again, I said, “they’ll be happy here.” I love my neighborhood.

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