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21 Oct / Moist

This word makes my skin crawl and my stomach churn. And not in the good way.

I try to avoid things that are moist, require moistening, have been moistened, or were once moist, but this word still haunts my dreams.

My darling hates my large variety of dwarf fruit trees with a passion. He would prefer that the entire yard was covered in concrete while still somehow having daffodils bloom up each spring. His concession to not concreting it is to cover as much of it as he can in lawn.

Where I used to have a couple of vegetables gardens, there is now grass. Where there was a patch of wildflowers that self-seeded each year, there is now grass. Where I once had a beautiful collection of Jerusalem Artichokes that hardly ever got around to growing their bright flowers, guess what? Lawn.

Every night after making his usual threats about what in the property is going to be cut down as soon as I die, my darling heads outside to MOISTEN his seed.

I am not joking. This is what he says. Every night.

The only benefit is that after saying it he heads out of the house for ten minutes to water the lawnseed. By the time he arrives back inside I’ve usually managed to choke back my nausea.

Right now, so soon after the latest episode, my only dream is to outlive my darling and plant a new fruit tree in celebration each month thereafter, until there is no more room left.

Instead of lawns, there’ll be the patches of ground that have fruit trees on them, have fruit rotting on them, or are being dug up to have fruit trees on them.

Yeah, it’ll be so great when I rule the world. Maybe one day I can even talk myself into eating fruit.

By Katherine Hayton in Katherine Hayton's Blog
3 Comments
  • Inge Meldgaard

    Ah hah! Now your gardening comment about hiding dead bodies makes absolute sense ;P Mind you, they're usually well hidden beneath concrete too…

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  • Claire Fullerton

    Love this! I'm thrilled to learn I'm not the only one with an aversion to certain words. It seems once we register a certain word's repulsion ( in your case, the word moist) it's all we ever hear! Laughed along with this; thanks for making me smile.

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  • Carter

    Did I ever mention that the first time I saw a lovely woman affected by this word was in the tv show…
    My sister,who’s over the age of mature hates the word flesh, as in Flesherton, a town in Canadia.

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