How Could She Do That?

By Jabo
@jaboUK (64956)
United Kingdom
March 6, 2021 7:05am CST
I got some flowers from a friend, I wondered how she'd guessed of all the flowers in the world they were what I liked best. I welcomed her said please come in, we'll have some tea and buns the flowers that you've brought for me are all my favourite ones. We chatted while we had our tea, then she said with a laugh "those flowers that you like so much came from your garden path. I thought their beauty wasted there so picked them to bring in they'll look much better in your house" she said with silly grin. Let's get this right - she's telling me that flowers I have grown she's picked herself to give to me so are in fact my own? Now I'm someone who likes my blooms to stay where they belong and that's outside in sun and rain where they grow sweet and strong. When she disclosed what she had done I couldn't even speak I knew that she had meant no harm but what a sodding cheek! True Story. 'Sodding' is a mild British swear word. Photo of my garden last summer.
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@LadyDuck (386562)
• Switzerland
6 Mar 21
Just like you, I like my flowers outside in the sun, I would have been furious.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
I tried not to show it but I was seething inside
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@LadyDuck (386562)
• Switzerland
6 Mar 21
@jaboUK You have been brave and very kind not to show how upset you were.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
@LadyDuck Her saving grace was that she meant well.
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@marguicha (186214)
• Chile
6 Mar 21
If we want to be nice, we can think that she is stupid. But she has even stolen from your house!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
She's silly but not criminal
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@marguicha (186214)
• Chile
7 Mar 21
@jaboUK Nit criminal, but quite stupid. That´s more than just being silly.
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@marlina (143944)
• Canada
6 Mar 21
Quel culot!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
You've got that right!
@JudyEv (274941)
• Rockingham, Australia
6 Mar 21
I would have put something stronger than 'sodding'. It's pretty despicable really. But then I look at those lovely blooms and my frown has gone and I'm smiling again. British flowers always look so, so bright.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
Yes, our plentiful rainfall is good for the flowers. I tried not to show my chagrin too much but I think she probably got the message.
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@WorDazza (15556)
• Manchester, England
6 Mar 21
If I'd been in your position I would have poisoned her tea. Strong laxative at the very least!!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
Pity I didn't think of that!
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@WorDazza (15556)
• Manchester, England
6 Mar 21
@jaboUK Invite her round again
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
@WorDazza That's not going to happen
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@1creekgirl (31275)
• United States
6 Mar 21
I can't believe someone would even think of doing that! Loved your poem.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
Thanks Vicki, and I couldn't believe it either.
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@rakski (103069)
• Philippines
6 Mar 21
I would also feel and say the same things you would or have said. I like flowers, but I like them out there
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
My feelings exactly.
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@rakski (103069)
• Philippines
6 Mar 21
@jaboUK I would appreciate it much better if she did not tell me the source of the flower.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
7 Mar 21
@rakski I would have found out anyway when I saw the gap in my garden.
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@thelme55 (75009)
• Germany
6 Mar 21
What a beautiful garden. I like my flowers too outside and not in a vase.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
If there are any flowers in my house you can be sure that they are gifts.
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@thelme55 (75009)
• Germany
6 Mar 21
@jaboUK When I have flowers on my table, they usually have roots.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
@thelme55 I have an orchid with roots sitting on my mantelpiece - a gift from a departing guest. Then I have some roses and lilies in a vase that my son brought me. I like them both - there are no flowers in my garden at the moment.
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@allknowing (102894)
• India
6 Mar 21
Was it before or after the tea session that you came to know about this? (lol)
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
7 Mar 21
It was during the tea, but we'd been chatting quite a while before she told me.
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@allknowing (102894)
• India
7 Mar 21
@jaboUK Very mean of her. She did not even ask before performing that dastardly act I only hope no one plucks that sole marigold that has bloomed in my garden. I want it to produce seeds (lol)
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
7 Mar 21
@allknowing Marigolds are good at self-setting.
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@Lucky15 (37403)
• Philippines
6 Mar 21
are those marigolds?
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
7 Mar 21
Yes, they are French marigolds, and the red ones are salvias.
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@Lucky15 (37403)
• Philippines
7 Mar 21
@jaboUK they are so lovely!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
7 Mar 21
@Lucky15 Thank you, I'm pleased you like them.
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@msdivkar (23485)
• India
6 Mar 21
Beautiful garden you have. So pleasing and you are right, I think, flowers look best in their natural habitat or near the God.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
Thanks, yes I like flowers in their natural habitat.
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@msdivkar (23485)
• India
6 Mar 21
@jaboUK They last longer there also.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
@msdivkar They do indeed.
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@LeaPea2417 (33514)
• Toccoa, Georgia
7 Mar 21
I would never do that to a friend or neighbor!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
7 Mar 21
Any normal person wouldn't!
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@LeaPea2417 (33514)
• Toccoa, Georgia
7 Mar 21
@jaboUK I totally agree!
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@rebelann (97461)
• El Paso, Texas
6 Mar 21
Somehow I find that to be underhanded, how can you ever trust anything she gives you is actually something she really did pick for you without taking it from either your garden or perhaps another friends garden or what not.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
Exactly - she wasn't a real friend anyway, more of an aquaintance.
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@rebelann (97461)
• El Paso, Texas
7 Mar 21
Sounds to me like she hasn't very many friends @jaboUK
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• Pamplona, Spain
6 Mar 21
Very clever poem Jan. Soddin cheek is not the word, maybe I could say flippin cheek instead. I would not be happy at all about that for starters but I would laugh after she went trhough the door at her actions even though its not funny at all that is if it was me of course.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
I did have a good laugh with the family afterwards, once I'd got over my indignation
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• Pamplona, Spain
7 Mar 21
@jaboUK She was probably appreciating those lovely flowers you have there but in another way.
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@just4him (265356)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Mar 21
Wow! I'd be a bit upset too if someone picked my flowers and had the audacity to give them to me.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
Unbelieveable isn't it?
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@just4him (265356)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Mar 21
@jaboUK Not at all flattering or appreciated.
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• Midland, Michigan
6 Mar 21
Shame on her. Good poem though.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
I presume you mean 'poem'?
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• Midland, Michigan
6 Mar 21
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@DianneN (243866)
• United States
6 Mar 21
I know that feeling! My grandkids strip what few flowers I have, but that’s okay.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
if it's grandkids that's excuseable
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@DianneN (243866)
• United States
6 Mar 21
@jaboUK Yes, the only ones I would excuse.
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@garymarsh6 (23022)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
Oh my word! Church for you tomorrow and three bloody Mary's!
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
I'll take the bloody Mary's, but not the church!
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@garymarsh6 (23022)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
@jaboUK Correct answer. Wise lady!
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@JWMILLER (3374)
• Westmoreland, Tennessee
7 Mar 21
Sad story, beautiful photo
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
7 Mar 21
Thank you, but the gap in the garden soon grew over with fresh flowers.
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@jstory07 (119192)
• Roseburg, Oregon
6 Mar 21
Your garden looks really pretty. i hope to get flowers growing in our garden again. A gopher pulled all of our into the ground before we figured out what he was doing and chased him away with cayenne pepper. I did not want to kill him just chase him away.
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@jaboUK (64956)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 21
Thankfully I don't get any gophers but I do get squirrels. They can be a nuisance digging up the lawn or flowerpots to bury their nuts.
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