A letter to a friend:
I’m writing to say I’m sorry. OK? I’m sorry! I’m begging you please. I’m on my knees and I’m asking you to forgive me. I have said mean things about you.
You understand that, right? I’ve always liked you. I wasn’t saying those things about you, yourself. I didn’t mean it to be personal. It’s your popularity which got my goat. I had a negative reaction to your wild popularity and I internalized it. OK? Do you understand that? I’m that kind of guy. I have always rejected the popular thing. You became ‘The Thing’ and I thought there must be something wrong with you.
That’s when I realized I need to say “I’m sorry.” I need to forget about all the public institutions who plant you everywhere. I must forgive the landscaping companies who like you mostly for your ultra dependableness. I should be kind toward the gardeners who just do the popular thing. I now appreciate that what matters is how much the BUGS LOVE YOU. The bees and the butterflies speak through their actions and they proclaim your glory loudly and clearly. You are cool. You are delicious. You really are The Thing.
So, I’ll say it one more time: I’m sorry.
Now, that said – and being the kind of guy who likes to take credit where credit is due – I would like to point out to you just how good I have been to you. I would like you to remember that you were featured in our gardens long before you became the dominant landscaping tool for colleges, libraries and hospitals.
I hope you appreciate that. I hope you accept my apologies and look around and realize how much fun it is here. Here! Forget the million other places where they idolize you. I hope you are having a good summer in this garden.
Oh, one last thing. As long as we’re both feeling the love now, I would like to compliment you on your remarkable ability to stand tall without any assistance. You know I have a soft spot for Gloriosa Daisy, but honestly, between you and me (don’t tell him I said this), your stems are sturdier. You can stand tall without any staking and we all know how much assistance he needs. I really appreciate that quality in you.
That’s it, my friend. I feel much better know. I hope you do as well.
Have a wonderful day Echinacea, my tried and true garden companion. Keep up the good work.