Sunday, July 15, 2012

I Don't Have a Green Thumb!

I recently met an old acquaintance who used to tell me, "I just don't have a green thumb!" In her front yard was a large planting of black-eyed Susans that were dying in the heat and drought.

"My God," I said, "these things need water." I spent twenty minutes soaking them. In three hours they looked as good as new.

"I just don't have a green thumb" means "I put plants in the ground, but I make no effort to learn about them and pay no attention to what is happening to them, but then, when they die, I wish to attribute their death to some lack of a mystical ability on my part."

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