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She Wears Her Name Well

Welcome to Day 8 of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing, the creative writing challenge that 4 out of 5 horticulturalists agree is the reason for poison ivy. Today’s prompt is French, and, oh dear heavens, this one’s my fault. Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you participated in today’s challenge before the itch set in.


She Wears her Name Well

About a month ago, I made a smart-ass comment on Facebook. Yeah, I know what you’re all thinking. A smart-ass comment? Just one? Yes. Just one. Now bite me.

Anyway, not long after, I was informed that my smart-ass comment was actually a source of inspiration. And then last night, I came home to find a package in my mailbox. Inside the box was the finished product resulting from the inspiration started by my smart-ass comment.


cupcakes, glass, art, crafts

Don’t ask me how my sarcasm inspired such a sweet, lovely piece of art. There really is no explanation for it.

There were other things inside the box too. Unexpected things. Things a smart-ass-comment-leaving person does not deserve to receive. A pretty card. Salty peanuts. And an awesome black t-shirt.

cute handmade card

I do not deserve a card this cute.

I gazed at all the gifts in awe. I was overcome with a desire to send something back to the person whom I had so inspired; something lovely and creative and made with my own two hands. Alas, I quickly realized, the only thing I’m really good at is making smart-ass comments. And I’d already sent along one of those.

virginia is for lovers, red heart

When I originally took the shirt out of the box, I didn’t completely unfold it and thought it said Virgin for lover.

You’re probably wondering what any of this has to do with today’s prompt, French. Well, when I was showing all these wonderful gifts to Jepeto, I was struck by two things. The first thing is that very few people in my life appreciate that I get this type of positive reinforcement for being a smart-ass. The other thing is that the French word for friend is AMI, or AMIE in the case of a female friend.

Merci beaucoup, mon Amie. C’est vrai que tu porte bien ton nom. Tu es trop gentille, trop généreuse et je t’adore.


Now click on the links below to visit some of my other dear friends – oh, and CheesyMike too – who haven’t yet decided to make like a tree and leave. And speaking of leave, I’m sorry I didn’t leave any comments anywhere yesterday. I was too busy texting “No YOU are” to CheesyMike.

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  • Cadeaux

    Hey…mine has an indirect “French” twist, too! 🙂
    Oh, and since I made it to the #1 ranking today – I can stop being so obsessed with being able to do it. Whew…it’s tough being an anal competitor. I mean a person who is competitive who is also anal. Oh…you know what I mean. 🙂

  • Cadeaux

    I originally thought those two swirly things were snails on a triple scoop ice-cream cone. That would have been French-like, too! 😉
    Free stuff in the mail – can’t beat it…and friends (well you can beat them…but you shouldn’t). Especially friends who send you free stuff in the mail! 🙂

  • Barb

    here’s what I remember from french classes….Bonjour como telle vous? and from that song popular way back when “vollez vous coucez avec moi?”
    I probably slaughtered both phrases..

  • Nicky can beat me anytime dear anal competitor.

  • I didn’t know they gave gifts for being a smart ass. How come I didn’t get any? Oh, wait, you said smart ass, not pain in the ass. Never mind.

  • Madam Onassis got nothin’ on her! Whoever she is.

  • Hey Nicky, inspiring someone to create something is a huge compliment. And now – zut alors! – I want a cupcake. Indigo

  • I think a “Virgin for Lover” t-shirt is a brilliant idea. You should market that – en francais, bien sur.

  • c’est magnifique! (hope that’s right…it’s been years since French class.) WOW that must have been one heck of a smart ass comment to warrant gifts.

  • I can’t imagine you in the Facebook world and what you must get away with. 😉

    Though there must be some innuendos with the shirt, no?

  • I agree with Indigo, that is quite the compliment. That must have been some inspiration you gave your friend. Nice gifts.

  • MikeWJ

    Are those stained-glass cupcakes? Or some of sort of surreal tribute to huge teeth? I’m really not clear about it. Either way, it’s nice to get things in the mail, I have to agree. Besides bills, I mean.

  • Mon dieu!

  • I think people should send you gifts in the mail every single day because you is good, you is kind, you is beautiful, you is brilliant. That’s all.

  • Oh my goodness, that is gorgeous! Just like you, Nicky. I have some wine, wanna come over?

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  • I had to laugh…. I live in Virginia and “Virginia is for Lovers” is EVERYWHERE!

  • KZ

    I’m actually curious what smart-ass comment prompted all of that lovely inspiration. Also, you’re lucky your friend’s name wasn’t Hildergarde or something.


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