ProfessorRoush is embarrassed, embarrassed I say, by his own recent display of poor taste. I blame it on perfect product positioning, I blame it on a weakness for impulse purchases, I see it as a culmination of poor life choices. No, forget those, it is surely all due to the coronavirus quarantine. Wants have replaced needs and frivolities have replaced necessity in the service of boredom.
For whatever reason, I have twice recently succumbed to the wiles of blatant consumerism. The first was when I spied this plastic Zen Flamingo during a grocery run for milk and eggs. I did not ask myself why a large grocery would be selling garden statues in the middle of a pandemic. I did not ask myself where I would place it in the garden or more importantly WHY I wanted it. I did not remind myself that I hate fake flamingos in the garden and in the past have poked fun at every pink plastic abomination I've seen. I simply looked for the price and, of course, found it on sale, marked down to acceptably-priced luxury from its original fictitious retail level.
And then, later, there was this over-adorned solar garden lantern that I came upon while dodging the gauntlet of coronavirus-ridden zombies at Walmart. I picked it up and put it back thrice before my weakened soul surrendered to its siren song and I came back to my senses as it was being placed into the back of the Jeep. It is rather unique and a focal point in the garden for those moments when I choose to admire the garden while stumbling around in pitch darkness, but its rechargeable solar nature does not outweigh its garish construction, nor that I suspect it will barely last a season before disintegrating into worthless rust and plastic. I apologize in advance to the Seventh Generation.
The worst part of these narcissistic indulgences is that my guilt for breaking every self-imposed rule of tasteful garden practice has not yet caught up with the internal endorphin release from their purchases. Fresh from the damage of late spring freezes and snowfalls, a dispirited gardener has no apparent limit to shame. I would argue that the garden lantern is, after all, quite pretty in a faux-Vegas-glitter sort of way. Moreover, the Zen Flamingo makes a fitting partner to my long beloved Totally Zen Frog, don't you think? Two small echoed passages joining in the symphony of my garden?
Alternatively, I could just own up to a complete collapse of any sense of decent garden style and refinement and place all the blame on COVID-19. Surely, that sounds much better than "I lost my mind during quarantine."