9th July : FOWC with Fandango

Today’s word is LESSON.

Not to be confused with lessen, to diminish, grow smaller, reduce.
There are always lessons to be learnt in life, and they don’t always occur in the classroom.
I learned a long time ago not to judge a book by its cover or a gift by its size and wrapping.
I remember at our Ladies Christmas party one year we played a game called Ten Green Bottles. Everyone had a raffle ticket, and should their number be drawn out of the hat, they got to pick a bottle. My friend (I say that loosely now as it was another lesson learned) was first out and opted for the biggest bottle.
This didn’t surprise me as for her size mattered as did volume. One Christmas morning we’d been witness to her manically stripping a pile of some twenty gifts of their wrappings, heedless of who they were from (she didn’t even look at the label) and complained when she had several tubs of chocolates or toiletry packs. We gave her a photograph of herself with one of my poems superimposed over it. She didn’t notice the picture and wasn’t impressed with my verse.
Mine was next, and I chose a small one, though not the smallest, as it was an interesting shape.
Imagine her disappointment when her prize was a bottle of vinegar, not the wine she was anticipating. Mine was a bottle of vanilla essence. I don’t remember them all, but some of the others were bubble bath, sauce, fruit squash, herbs, shampoo and washing up liquid.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to 9th July : FOWC with Fandango

  1. This lady doesn’t sound like one who’d establish enduring friendships. šŸ™‚ But she must have been anticipating getting some certain gift and nothing else mattered.

    • Sadly no. She took everything and gave very little, unless it suited her to do otherwise.
      You are right about her friendships though. We were ‘friends’ for several years, over which she volunteered me as transport to her friends, assumed I’d walk her dog when she was on holiday, and when we said we couldn’t look after him for her when she went away one weekend, suddenly we were on her hate list.

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