Friday, March 31, 2006

Orchid



This is a photo of an orchid I bought this afternoon. After my doctor appointment, I stopped by the newly opened Trader Joes on 14th street, to buy some of their organic hotdogs and soymilk. The store window is full of orchids and they were all calling to me, " take me home with you, you know you love us, we are not expensive, very reasonable, you know you want to take us home with you, yes you do. Look deep into my petals you are getting sleepy…."so there I was in the checkout line with my hotdogs and these orchids. The clerk double bagged them for me to make them easier to carry. That when I had my brilliant ideal instead of taking the 4 or the 5 train to Bowling Green and walking with my orchid to the ferry terminal I would take the L train to 6th and 12th and take the 1 train because it goes right into the ferry terminal. Like many good plans this one didn’t go as hoped. Every thing appeared to be moving along as planned until the Chambers Street stop, where we waited and waited then they announced that we were waiting for the dispatcher and we would leave shortly after more waiting we were told to get off the train another train would be along shortly finally after still more waiting we are told no train. So I get out my map. Me with my soymilk and hotdogs, backpack carrying my orchid pot of course I am tired and thirsty so I stop and buy some ice cream, of course I can’t eat it because my hands are full so now I am carrying melting dripping ice cream finally I had the sense to sit down on the curb and eat my ice cream. Normally the walk from Chambers St to the ferry isn’t bad if I don’t get lost but today I was tired and for some reason it took me almost an hour. All the time I am knowing that if I had taken the 5 train….

The moral of this story is don’t let yourself be hypnotized by an orchid.

7 comments:

tess said...

This is a beautiful picture! I love orchids. Your story is very funny--especially the line "Look deep into my petals you are getting sleepy"! Hysterical!

I am living in AZ right now, where I am so happy there is a Trader Joe's!

Anyway, I enjoy your writing and always meant to say how much I LOVE the picture you use in your profile section. That is hauntingly beautiful.

Thanks for visiting me (at Chameleon Chronicles). Take care--and watch out for hypnotic flowers! :)

Sonia said...

Beautiful photo!

Laini said...

That's a great moral to any story, don't get hypnotized by an orchid. I'm seriously going to write that down! My mom is an orchid-witch (actually, just a very talented orchid-rebloomer, but to me that's equivalent to witchcraft) so I'm familiar with the hypnotic lure.
Your post today was so filled with New Yorkiness it made me feel quite provincial with my Trader Joe's (love love love) nearby and not having walked home from a grocery store since the one snowstorm that's snowed us in in 5 years!

Endment said...

The orchid is hypnotizing even in its photo... I think one must be very careful - I can hear it saying to me "there is another orchid who wants to come home with you. It is at Trader Joes -- you must come soon and take it home..."

Delightful story. sorry you got so tired.

Oh, yes, that orchid is beautiful and I can still hear it calling...

Kara said...

Oh, I was so tempted by the orchids in Trader Joe's a few weeks ago. Your story is funny because that was what it was like. I wanted these orchids and I'd watch people put six of them in their cart. Mine - the same color you picked out -was going with me throughout the store as I shopped and it was hard, very hard to put it back and not purchase it - but I had no idea if they were poisonous to cats so in the end that allowed me to resist their hypnosis. Whew!

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