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Trim That Bush

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Trim That Bush

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“If you can laugh at yourself, you are going to be fine. If you allow others to laugh with you, you will be great.”

Martin Niemoller

I am not the always the sharpest tool in the shed.

Case in point was an encounter I had recently with a very good-looking landscaper. I was out on my morning walk and, oddly enough, I had a book of quotations sticking out the bib pocket of my overall shorts.

In other words, I already looked a bit a distracted writer who had been temporarily released from her hobbit hole. Click To Tweet

I was enroute to the lending library, in our little community garden, to drop the book off…which is where I spied the sexy landscaper, wearing a snug short-sleeved shirt, hedge-trimmer in hand.

Naturally, I headed towards him and the hedge he has just finished trimming…you know, just to say hello (it is SO important to be friendly to people in one’s neighbourhood).

Now, perhaps I still had another recent incident on my mind (the hour-long bikini wax, as relayed in my blog, “More Captive Than Client”) because instead of hello, what came out of my mouth was: “That bush looks WAY better! Isn’t it funny how we never know how much something needs a good trim…until it is trimmed?”

The cute landscaper stared at me a moment, perhaps wondering if he’d heard correctly. Then he broke into a big grin and said, “You are right about that!”

We continued to look at each other…to say the moment was awkward would be an understatement. I wanted to crawl under the hedge. But since that wasn’t an option, I held my head high, bid him a good day, pulled the book of quotations from my overalls, sauntered over to the lending library and placed it inside.

Then I skulked towards home, mortified. But after I turned the corner, I burst out laughing at myself. And then I remembered another recent incident, with a different guy, that had also left me laughing in embarrassment.

This one happened just a few weeks ago at the golf course. Every Friday afternoon, I golf with a fabulous group of ladies. We call them “Fun Fridays” because they are 😊

I was on the patio, after golf, and was walking by a table full of guys. I was wearing my cute new pink golf shirt, which is perhaps a smidgen snug. And wouldn’t you know it but right as I was passing by the table, one the guys stood up and turned around. For some reason, he was holding his hands out, at chest height…my chest height.

He didn’t see me. He was looking at a server, a few feet away, who was carrying a tray of frosted beer mugs. So right before his hands met my snug pink shirt, he announced, “Wow! I haven’t seen THOSE in awhile!”

You could have heard a pin drop on that patio. The poor guy looked at me then he looked at his hands, then his mouth dropped open.

“Oh no,” he said. “No! That’s not…oh no!”

Which is when the table full of his buddies burst out laughing – and couldn’t stop for twenty minutes. It took all of us a little while to piece together exactly what had happened. It had been the perfect storm of comedic action…like a scene in a movie.

It was also the best laugh I have had in awhile.

Your turn! I would love to hear some funny moments of yours 😊

Maryanne Pope is the author of “A Widow’s Awakening.” She also writes screenplays, playscripts and blogs. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and a Director with the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. To receive her blog, “Weekly Words of Wisdom,” please subscribe here.

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8 thoughts on “Trim That Bush”

  1. ahahahahhaha! Good – glad I gave you a laugh! I think the landscaper guy had a good one too 🙂

    Hope you guys are well!

  2. My 14-year-old daughter was going out on a date with a guy that we had never met. He came to the door, was polite and my daughter walked out to meet him. I had my camera (this is when people had cameras, not smartphones) and my husband and two younger boys were saying goodbye; I was very nervous for her and out of my mouth: “Have a good people, you time.” Nobody laughed.
    I was mortified and many years later I met the guy and when I told him who I was he replied: “Have a good people, you time.” We laughed!
    This has become a saying in our family when we are wishing good times. And, we all laugh every time. Hope you do as well.
    Louise Eldridge

  3. Good one Maryanne!!! Yup…those guys on the patio sure had a good laugh, along with everyone else who was there. You took it in stride, that’s for sure, and made his day. It’s so good when we can step back, see the situation and have a laugh at ourselves.

  4. Oh, that was SO funny at the golf course that day! It was just such an odd series of events that led to that moment. I can still hear that table of guys roaring with laughter…and you guys asking me what the heck just happened!

    Yup…so good when we can have a good laugh at ourselves!

    Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. Never a dull moment, Lynne! Wait till you read this week’s blog about last week’s epic adventure on a tugboat 🙂

    Speaking of epic adventures, I can still see you, me & Sante plopped down on the hiking trail in the highlands of Ecuador…poor Sante trying to decide whether to carry you or not. And I was like, “Ahh…you’ll be fine! It’s not far.” It WAS far, of course 🙂 But we made it!

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