"Ah, life is glorious, isn't it?"
"well kid, it
is, but it is dangerous, and fleeting. Enjoy it while it lasts, because
it won't. I have seen many like you come and go."
"What do you mean?. Life is great. We sit out in the sun all day, get some water on us when that becomes necessary.
The people they love us. They love to look at us. We are glorious and green and they all want us."
all that is true, but I have seen many like you, and they are now gone.
They fall into that trap of growing proud and strong, and then, one
day, a mower comes along, and you are chopped off, and dead."
"That won't happen to me, I will grow so beautiful, they will only want to trim me."
"Five million of your friends said that last year, and now, here I sit, with you, and they.....are...done."
"So, what is your secret then?"
"Keep your head up. Pay attention. Watch out for
the guy that owns this place. When he is around, hide down below some
other blade. Let him get cut. Then sprout back up and make him desire
"Wow, that is great advice, thanks. Is that all there is to know?"
"Hardly. Stay away from those weed people. They
will crowd you. They will suffocate you. And the owner doesn't like
them. He will dig them up and kill them with sprays. If you are anywhere
near them, you will be a casualty of their demise, their ultimate
"Again, thanks. I never thought of that."
"There is so much you need to learn kid. We can
talk again, if you survive the night. I heard from the blade of grass on
the other side of the lawn that the owner is doing yard work this week.
Better watch your back."
"And grow deep roots, that is the only way you
survive long term. I saw Moses part the red sea, and I will see Martians
land on the train tracks over there one day. If you want to do the
same, make a plan, and stick to it."
"I want to survive. I really do. I guess I thought my being glorious
and green was enough. I thought they appreciated me. That I was
"You mean nothing to them. They can go to the store and get millions more, just like you. Where do you think you came from?"
"I never thought of that, I guess I just wasn't thinking. I wasn't using my head."
low kid. Weeds are stupid. They sprout up, and glorious and proud. The
next thing you know, they dig them up..or spray pesticide on them.
Idiots. They not only get themselves killed, but some of my best friends
died because of them."
"Remember one last thing. You think I am old
and worn. I am not. I just appear that way. When the owner comes around,
I make like I am just new, green, proud, bright and shiny. He looks at me,
then he looks away. I have survived doing that forever."