Expectation management

In line at the floral department of the Mega-Hardware Emporium*, the man in front of me was buying a gorgeous plant – blasting a nearly blinding riot of pink-purple flowers.

daisyfae:  What is that?  It’s gorgeous!

him:  An azalea.  I’ve had pretty good luck with them…

daisyfae:  i love it, but have had no luck with perennials.  i’ve killed cacti.  Suffocated an air fern. 

him:  It’s mostly about location.  Find the right soil and they take care of themselves.

daisyfae:  i stick with annuals.  i know they’re going to die at the end of the season.  Since i know the outcome?  i’m not devastated when it happens…

* No, i did not stop by the paint department seeking that Studly PaintMan.  Thought about it, though…