Guess what??!! I’ll give you one clue … ARTICHOKES WERE STILL ON SALE! Oh. That’s not really a clue so much as telling you the exact answer to the clue. I’m make a terrible mystery novelist.
If you haven’t noticed by now, I have a thing for green and white floral design. I can tell you the exact moment in my life that this fixation stems from.
When I was in grade 6 my mother told me she was going to redecorate my bedroom. Great!, I said. Finally a decorating scheme that will represent me as the complex, and well rounded student of the world that I am. Who happens to excel in four square.
I told my mother exactly what I wanted. I wanted a green and white bedroom. Green and white striped sheets, white walls, green curtains and above-all-else several hanging spider plants. Preferably hanging in some sort of macrame concoction. You can ask my mother about this if you ever see her at the liquor store. She’ll confirm to this day that this is the room that I wanted and asked for.
However, when I arrived home from school, after an especially trying day of making fun of girl’s wearing Cougar boots, I was presented with something entirely different. The second I walked in the door, my mother announced she had done my room. It was like Christmas, but with spider plants instead of pine trees! I couldn’t even wait to see my vision completed.
I ran up the stairs and was nearly knocked back in horror as I entered a room … that was rose. Rose coloured walls, accented with a hideous floral comforter and equally hideous matching sheets. My room was a version of … pink. It looked nothing like the sophisticated “Three’s Company” pad I had asked for. It was as though Laura Ashley had thrown up on the sophisticated “Three’s Company” pad in some violent act of vengeance. It was awful and I hated it and I will never forget it. As a kid I used to rip the heads off my dolls and throw them under my bed so, you’d think my mother would understand I really wasn’t a “rose-coloured” kindda gal. In grade 6 my favourite book was The Amityville Horror – again … not a “rose-coloured” kindda gal. I was a green and white spider plant kindda gal!
And I still am. (for the purpose of this vision, a spider mum will be playing the part of a spider plant)
I’ll bet you think today’s lesson is rudimentary floral design don’t you? It isn’t. The lesson learned today is, if your kid wants to redecorate his or her room let them do it. Even if they want to paint it black, or even worse rose … let them do it. Just ask my mom. I’m sure she’d agree.