Saturday, June 2, 2012


Disclaimer: Yes, it's my Saturday Centus. Yes, I know it doesn't appear to have anything to do with the prompt this week. Read on, and you'll understand why.

Pretty, isn't it?

Well, one might think so, but actually, it's Dyers Woad, an invasive weed species otherwise known as Isatis tinctoria. It has a tap root that goes down some five feet into the soil, choking out native grasses and other plants that might try to take hold. While harvested in some places in the world to make indigo dye, it's a nuisance plant that's taken over in N. Utah. We have spent days yanking it out by the roots on our property, and we've just barely started to make a small dent.

How about this little beauty with the big elephant ear leaves? I admit it's kind of pretty and makes the hillsides around our home look rather lush.

But it, too, is a nasty weed that produces these little babies. Needless to say, given that we love to hike with our long-haired dogs, we don't like these so much. And they, too, have deep roots that are the dickens to remove.

So, what's the point of all this? Well, it's Saturday Centus time again, and this week Mrs. Jenny gave us a better view of the infamous bigger picture, revealing that what many of us judged to be a grown woman dressed a particular way was, in fact, a small girl dolled up for her kindergarten graduation. It just proves once again that we often miss the bigger picture. We make judgments about things we think are good that turn out to be bad and visa versa.

Moral of the story: withhold judgment until you know the facts. Otherwise, you may end up with a field full of nasty stickers!

Now get yourself over to Mrs. Jenny's and see what the other Centusians have to say about the rest of the picture.


Susan Anderson said...

Good analogy, Anita!

I could tell it was a little girl last week, and I was using her voice thinking she was "all that" when I wrote my poem.

But this week, seeing the whole effect of the way she was dressed and the way she was sort of strutting, it didn't seem so funny.

We really are sexualizing our children in this society, and it is not a good thing.


Judie said...

Anita, you are sooooo cool! I love this Centus. Be proud of yourself--you nailed it!!!

Jules said...

You are so right. We always jump to conclusions, but really need to step back & consider the big picture.

Thanks for visiting.

EG CameraGirl said...

Very sad, I think. I doubt very much that these children grow up to be happy adults.

Viki said...

It's so hard at times not to judge isn't it? I figured out it was a child but I must admit I was surprised it was such a little child, ha.

Ames said...

I don't like those stickers on me let alone my dog!

We have several species of plants and trees that are just as bad.

And I don't like children wearing high heels either.~Ames

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Great point and a great response to this centus! Very clever. laurie

jfb57 said...

A very interesting and creative use of the prompt! Well done for using the opportunity to bring our attention to bigger things.

My entry was late

Jenny said...

Anita. I admire your creativity so much.

You are one of writing idols.

This was amazing.