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And I resumed the struggle. -Vladimir

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Seeds Arrived, But They Forgot My Mug

The shiny little Fed Ex truck came rumbling up the driveway yesterday, and the man inside stepped down and handed me a large heavy box.
E & R Seeds of Monroe, Indiana has been one of my favorite companies for several years now. They’ve a wide selection and the best prices around for most varieties. They’re catalog is a low-key newsprint affair infused with Mid-Western wholesomeness. They’ve pages and pages of corn, and even more on beans. And lately, they have features more and more organic seeds. I get so much from them that my order drags over onto a second page. Two pages that I faxed to their office – they don’t take online orders.
I poured the contents of the box out onto the floor and sorted my little seed envelopes into their appropriate family. And came across the paring knife.
You get something free with every order – a paring knife, a coffee mug, a Farmer’s Almanac, jelly jars, just something they send out to you. You just have to check the box for the gift you want. I always go for the coffee mug. That’s the box I check. For the coffee mug.
It seems the fax pages got mixed up somewhere along the line, and page one became page three, or something. They never saw my check.
I went through the little envelopes again, madly tossed the little styrofoam peanuts across the room. I turned the box upside down. I stared at the paring knife in disbelief.
They tried to guess at what I would really want and they failed. I will farm this year without my complimentary mug. I hope this isn’t an omen.


  • At February 01, 2009 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "genesis seeds" produce and sell certiefied organic seeds of more than 300 varieties.

    try them

  • At February 01, 2009 12:11 PM, Blogger Dana said…

    MAybe you will eat more pares and drink less coffee in 2009. I think you should consult the groundhog. Go out before the break of dawn in the morning. Stick your knife in the ground and next to it place last year's complimentary coffee mug. Whichever the groundhog goes to will decipher your fate. Then you can process your grief by writing a poem about the mug you didn't get.

  • At February 01, 2009 6:59 PM, Blogger Ginger said…

    I am having a good time imagining you madly throwing styrofoam peanuts around the room.


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