Monday, February 18, 2008

It's...different

What does that mean? Hubby and I worked outside the other day adding scalloped edging around two Century plants we have at the end of the driveway. We wanted to add stone edging but couldn't find the smaller circles so had to substitute with a fiberboard kind of material. It's sturdy, scalloped like we wanted it, has a ten-year warranty against rot and water damage, and is attractive. What more could we want?

Neighbors across the street came over and said it looked good and asked where we got it. They examined it saying they'd never seen it before. Beaming, we told them where they could buy it. Maybe we started a trend and other neighbors would get the hint to start working in their yards! After all, it's that time of year.

Five minutes later our other neighbor came home and seeing us working came over to chitchat. He glanced down at the edging and said...it's different. What does that mean?

It's different...over the years I've come to realize when you get a response like that it means they don't like it. New hairdo... ah...it's different. New car, lawn ornament, outfit or dish, it's different. What, do they think we're stupid? LOL We all use the same response when we can't bring ourselves to lie and say it's beautiful, tastes great, looks good.

What do you mean when you say it's different?

4 comments:

margaret blake said...

Oh yes, those two little words "it's different..." you just know they hate it. Imagine if they say that about a book you have written too, now that could actually be good...or could it just be - different!

Margaret.

Kathleen said...

I think 'different' isn't as bad as 'interesting.' When people tell me someting I cooked is interesting, I know they hated it. Sometimes different just means that's such a change I don't know yet whether I like it or not. So in a couple weeks if your neighbor is copying your landscaping, you'll know he liked it.

Sarita Leone said...

I have been mulling this over for two days now, trying to figure out what your neighbor meant by the comment. I know it's a puzzle of sorts, trying to decipher the meaning to "It's different" but I agree with Kathy -- "Interesting" is worse! You know, maybe the guy just didn't know what to say. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you see your lawn edging on his lawn sometime soon, LOL. Then you can go over and comment, "Now, that's interesting, isn't it?"

:) Love this thought-provoking post!

Debbie Wallace said...

LOL...Interesting, huh? I think one of the reasons he said that is because every time we do something new in the yard, all of a sudden he's doing something, too. It's like we're competing! Fun but harmless:)