Flower of the Day: 13.08.2018 Honesty

Honesty 22.04.2018

I love these little flowers. Someone gave me some seeds once and after the flowers appeared I got the interesting seed pods.

Honesty

I had some flowering this year in spring in the garden (see photo) and I hope they arrive again next year, but I just let them do their own thing. Sometimes they appear the next year and sometimes I have to wait for two years.

Flower of the Day: 13.09.2018 Honesty

Flower of the Day: 21.05.2016 Honesty

Honesty

HonestyI noticed that I have some honesty flowering in the garden at the moment. The photos are from last year. I usually get a good show every 2 years as they seem to be biennial plants growing the first year and flowering and producing seeds the second. The flower is not so spectacular, but when they form their seed pods, they are.

Flower of the Day: 21.05.2016 Honesty

Weekly Writing Challenge: Honey versus Vineagar

Small moments of kindness peek through our everyday lives, from your neighbors’ “Good morning!” to a surprise “I’ll take care of that for you” at the office. This week, we want you to explore what that kindness means to you, and share it with others. 

Hollyhocks

Kindness has many faces and of course you can always say it with flowers if someone has helped you or saved an embarrassing situation, but it does not often happen that you are at the receiving end of the flowers. I was active many years in the voluntarily first aid group in our village. We were not asked to be kind, it was our duty to be kind. If you saw an accident happen you helped. Kindness means to me that someone has helped without asking them to help. It is a rare occurrence everyone is busy with their own life and affairs but it happens now and again and your faith in the human race is perhaps restored, be it in a small dimension.

It was a day sometime in late spring. The sun appeared now and again and temperatures climbed a little: definitely too warm for the winter jacket. I decided to rethink my dress organisation. It was not cold enough for jeans with a handy zipped up pocket containing the purse with credit cards and money and second pocket contining the keys. I decided on a lightweight jacket and trousers. I did not have my special thief-proof pockets, but I had a pocket in the jacket big enough to contain everything, so I thought.

My husband and I arrived at the supermarket, parked the car and travelled on the escalator to the first floor where the hunting could begin. It was the usual shopping expedition for food and other sundries. We arrived at the cash desk and I put my hand in the pocket of the jacket to take out my purse. Huh! no purse. I looked in the other pocket as in such situations you try everything but no purse. It was no longer there – how embarrassing: Mr. Swiss (husband) to the rescue. He produced his credit card and we escaped with the shopping.

I was naturally quite disturbed. It was clear that I had lost my purse. It had fallen out of the pocket in the jacket, which was not as safe and sure as the blue jeans zipped up pockets. Oh dear and what to do. There is a general counter in the supermarket for queries, so I looked in and asked if anyone had surrendered a purse.

“What is in the purse?” asked the lady at the desk.

I listed the various credit cards and money which was not so much. “My name is on the credit card” I said and gave the lady my name.

She opened a drawer and there was my purse, complete with everything.

“A lady found it.”

“Do you have her name, address or telephone no?”

“Yes“

I still had my mobile phone, which was in the other pocket in the jacket – still.

I now had my purse and cards and sat on a bench and dialled the lady’s number that had found it.

She told me that it was not the first, but about the third time she had found a purse with money and returned it. No-one had ever bothered to thank her for finding it and this was the first time. I sensed from her voice that she was probably about my golden oldie age. She was so happy that someone had taken the trouble to thank her. I was, of course, overjoyed to have all my possessions again.

It was only a month before when I had boarded the train to the airport and in the crush when boarding the train, that a thief and put his hand in my bag and stolen my purse, this time containing my Swiss identity card, credit cards and money. I was stranded at the next station, luckily with my mobile telephone and could stop all my cards by phone and inform Mr. Swiss what had happened. I did not even have the money for a return ticket. Mr. Swiss paid it at our local station and they told the next station to give me the ticket. This is actually the reason why I began to put all my valuables in a sealed up pocket and no longer a handbag, but this was only possible in Winter. And now my purse had again disappeared, but this time I was lucky.

I finished my conversation with the finder of my purse, thanked her again. She was so happy that someone had at last acknowledged her help.

Before I left for home I bought a box of chocolates known as Merci. I find them the best way to thank someone for their help. The lady called me at home the next day and was almost in tears. She thanked me for the chocolates and said it was the first time ever that someone had acknowledged her help and that there were still some good people in the world.

For me something natural, but probably not for all.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Honey versus Vinegar

Daily Prompt: Truth or Dare

Is it possible to be too honest, or is honesty always the best policy?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRUTH.

Guillotine

We had guillotines in Switzerland many years ago. Today the death penalty no longer exists in Switzerland. We have an army defending our borders against those that wish to attack our banks and deposit their hidden profits. Or am I getting that mixed up with politics? I took the photo at the Criminal Museum in Zürich on the occasion of an organised guided visit of the first aid group that I belonged to.

Is honesty the best policy? “Of course” said my mum and many other elderly people when I was a small unblemished example of homo sapiens. Today I am a golden oldie and am not so sure. I learnt a lot on the way and one of my lessons was if someone asks a question that might result in guilt then the first answer is “I will have a look”. I remember my working days where our boss, a lovely man, just wanted a quiet life in the office,  time to read the daily newspaper drinking his coffee with no added problems. The telephone rings, he talks somewhat with an excited voice, there is a problem. He turns his head to the workers, including me, and asks “Did anyone ………? The question is not important, only the answer. The first reaction is silence. He looks intensely at one of the usual suspects, which usually might be me, for an answer. I had gathered experience through the years, especially with said boss, and so the first reaction is “I will have a look”. He then continues reading the newspaper, drinks his coffee and peace reigns.

The problem is not yet solved, but step one has been taken. He is convinced I care and I am looking. I forget the whole thing and hope he does as well. He generally does as the problem whatever it is, seems to be forgotten with the second cup of coffee and tenth cigarette of the day. It might be that the problem is not solved, he asks again in the late afternoon “Did you find anything out about …..?”. “I have to finish another business, but will have a look afterwards” I answer with fingers crossed behind my back.

Afterwards might not come and if all goes well the problem solves itself. If it does not solve itself, there is always tomorrow. I survived thirty years, my boss a little less and things changed to such an extent in the organisation that bosses seemed to become obsolete, the computer was to blame. Computers never make mistakes, only the people that use them? True, but computers cannot talk and the people can. If you are sly enough you can even bridge that gap.

You have guessed it, honesty is not always the best policy and if nothing else works,  then hope that the others have found something more urgent to deal with and forget the whole thing.

I have just completed a form for my father for the financial side of his further care in England. My father, bless him with his 98 years, has lived on cash dealings all his life. “I do not want a cheque book”, “do not want a bank account” and so you cannot teach an old horse new tricks. The British government decided. as the form was too difficult for my father to complete, he should give it to someone else, being me as the only remains of the family. I am sitting in Switzerland now operating with the local council where my father lives in England. I could easily complete such a form for the Swiss authorities, with a little help from Mr. Swiss, but I am not an international finance expert. This time I had to tell the truth, there was no “I will have a look later”. I have now spent almost two weeks back and forth with a Mr. X in London discussing things. My father kept me waiting on a long distance telephone call to London searching for his insurance number, but success. The form was converted into a pdf document and now Mr. X had received it.

There are times when honesty pays and times when it is better left alone. You just have to judge for yourself.

Daily Prompt: Truth or Dare

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