[All photos of Clematis flowers hand held with no image stabilizer]
So here I am in my front garden, wrestling with a black umbrella to be the shade I need in order to use my camera. This past Saturday, I was struggling with said umbrella to stay on a vine stand as it was sitting on a Honeysuckle Vine. It kept tumbling off, and I just could not for the life of me get it to stay. I needed to find a stable place for it to remain the shade block I required for beautiful Clematis. I was not about to let a mere umbrella defeat me! Uh-uh!
Walking across my lawn at that moment, pushing a baby carriage, comes along my neighbor. I did not see her because I was just so focused on getting that um, well, that stubborn umbrella to stay put. All of a sudden I hear,
“Amy, you really do look crazy now!”
[Insert mocking laugh from same neighbor]
[REALLY? I thought. ME crazy??? … As I could feel my hair stand straight up.]
I stopped what I was doing, turned to face this woman, and looking directly at her, replied, “[Name], I do not care what anyone thinks of me or of what I am doing, for that matter. Beside, you cannot photograph flowers in direct sunlight.”
[Name] replied, “Oh! Yes, that IS true. All you would get is glare.”
“Ah-huh, that’s right.” came out of my mouth, as I kept looking steadily at her.
At this point in that moment, my neighbor now could not get to her driveway fast enough, pushing that baby carriage.
I do believe she will think twice before calling me crazy.
Thank you, Clematis, for helping me to stand up for myself. My neighbor believes she can talk to anyone in any way she wants. Not so with me. Hopefully she learned that Saturday. If not, if she disrespects me again, I will stand up for me again.
Yes, I do deserve respect. Thank you!
Hope you enjoyed both my story and these gorgeous petals. (((HUGS))) Amy