Legends from our own lunchtimes

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Mother’s Déjà Vu
26 May 2018 Lunéville

I guess it must be something to do with the time difference between hemispheres that Mother’s Day in Australia was celebrated exactly two weeks earlier than in France.  There, while searching for a convenient bunch of roses on the day before the event, we could not help but notice that prices in our local supermarket had risen overnight by one hundred and fifty percent.  This makes perfect sense from a retail perspective of course; one “goes fishing when the fish are biting” if one wants to eat, but we were appalled in that case that the original price label had been covered with a big red sign that said “Special!”  

Today was Mother’s Day eve in France, and for reasons which are not particularly clear, we decided that we should make an effort to procure “our orchid”.   This orchid on the boat thing is a custom introduced to us by our friend Sunny many years ago.  Flowering orchids can be purchased quite economically, and the flowers are so long lasting that when placed in a prominent position aboard, one can have the pleasure of watching the thing die slowly over a whole summer.  Last year through an accident of timing and supermarket stock, we ended up with a Bromeliad which had more than a passing resemblance to the rough end of a pineapple, and although it did survive the summer completely unscathed, apparently met a nasty end in the clutches of Bill’s cat.

Which brings us to the garden shop in Lunéville where we, a bit overdue for a nap, a bit overcome from mixing it with the Saturday supermarket crowds were shocked discover that the Australian pre Mother’s Day pricing policies have hit hard in France as well.  There’s a principle at stake.  Despite the immutable mathematical reality that a return trip will cost many times the difference in the potential saving, we will not buy today.   Oh no, we might even give the orchid a swerve entirely this year.   

They know what they can do with the rough end of their Bromeliads!


Rob Siemann said...

Well, you can always pick some flowers... The east of France is famous for wild orchids

bitingmidge said...

@Rob Siemann - my beloved is good at picking wildflowers beside the waterway - a strange custom that! 😂

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