Monday, February 20, 2006

Springtime at Home Depot

More accurate than robins, the arrival of the Homeowners to the garden supply section of Home Depot announces the arrival of Spring. Both males and females may still be in their winter plumage of jackets or sweaters and blue denim jeans if temperatures are still on the chilly side. If spring plumage has already been adopted, especially during warm sunny days, Homeowners appear in colorful tee shirts and shorts. They arrive just before the last killing frost of Winter and tend to hover around the petunias, seed displays and hand tools.

You can easily discern Homeowners from browsers by their glazed eyes and relentless pursuit of grass greening products and lawn care equipment. Many Homeowners shop in pairs, with the female of the species carrying a long list and the male trailing behind pushing a cart and chirping, “Yes, dear,” or grunting, “Gotta have a new mower/edger/hedge trimmer/seed spreader/chain saw this year.”

Keen observers often hear the distinctive call of “Honey, I found the aphid spray,” or “Oh, my god, the tomatoes are already in!” over the tops to the towering display racks. Several Homeowners may often be seen fluttering around sales displays using their shopping carts to manipulate closer to the items. Males seem mostly attracted to large, gasoline-powered items, while females flock towards any scented flowering plant.

Once fully-equipped to eliminate all non-grass plants from the green areas and fully-encapsulate selected plants with mulch, Homeowners streak to the checkout counters where bickering may occur between the pairs or other Homeowners. Here, observers have recorded such cries of, “I thought YOU brought the damn credit card,” or “Hey, bud, you’re poking me in the ribs with that shovel.”

Aaaaah, Spring. My favorite time of year. Let me share with you a little poem I learned years ago to celebrate the season.

Spring has sprung,
The grass has riz.
I wonder where
The flowers is.

© Copyright 2006 Suzzwords


  1. Anonymous6:44 AM

    Aaah! Well written. I already am walking around and around in my yard trying to decide to pull the weeds (for the invironment) or just shoot those little buggers with some poison weed killer.

  2. Sue Too9:51 AM

    Absolutely true! Every cent of our leftover HD gift cards has been spent at the garden center. Now I'm just waiting for a dry day so I can get out of the nest and go dig around in the garden. Chirp!