A Year In New York

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Day 299: I’m Not OK with Your Bouquet

April 13th · No Comments

img_7316In winter the New York streets are a gray asphalt tundra. Then one day in April…Daffodils! They nod at you on the sidewalk, bright as sunlight, gentle as Easter. Surrounding them is a tiny, valiant iron fence.

I saw a woman on 65th Street reach past the fence with one hand – the other held a cellphone to her ear —  and grab two stems with her fingers. A gardener had nurtured those shoots, someone else had trucked them into the city, and yet another person did the planting. The result: yellow florets of gentility amid the concrete and exhaust.

I heard the roots rip from the soil. The woman carried them off to adorn a cubicle or kitchen table. Two freebies for her, two less breaths of fresh air for the rest of us.

Tags: Encounters with Nature · Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town

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