November afternoon, 2012
Cheerful Lady: Your dogs are so cute! What breed?
Me: Miniature Schnauzers—the gray one is Lucy and the white one is Annabelle.
Negative Nellie: I tell you one thing, dogs are alot more work than cats.
Me: Yes they love their walks…
Negative Nellie: Now, which house did you buy?
Negative Woman: So what do you do?
Me: I’m a writer.
Cheerful Woman: Oh that’s exciting. You’re in the right place for writing.
Negative Woman: Yeah, I write too. Got lots of rejection letters. (laughing hysterically)
Negative Nellie: That yard I was in—that’s my daughter’s house. Gave it to her. She found herself homeless, so I gave her my house. I moved to (blah blah blah). Still thinking about the flooding problem, I wasn’t paying attention.
Negative Nellie: Hmpf! I see you have that huge tree in your front yard—it’s gonna crash into your roof, I hope you realize.
She mumbled all the way to the corner…
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.
“If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody come sit next to me.”
― Alice Roosevelt Longworth