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'If a plant could talk ... '

I visited on the phone earlier this week with a veteran area agriculturalist about the relatively cool temperatures in late May and how they were hampering crop growth.

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I visited on the phone earlier this week with a veteran area agriculturalist about the relatively cool temperatures in late May and how they were hampering crop growth.

His line: "If a plant could talk, it'd be saying, 'I really don't like my job today.'"

Well, that's anthropomorphizing, or ascribing human characteristics to something that isn't human. But it's a good line nonetheless. Cool, damp conditions weren't what fledgling plants needed.

But today is warm and sunny, at least in my neck of the woods. So I'll anthropomorphize and say, "It a plant could talk, it's be saying, "I really like my job today.'"

Opinion by Jonathan Knutson
Plain Living
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