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It was such a beautiful morning, I decided to pick flowers before going to work. I  had some gladioli growing I thought would serve me better in a vase on the dining room table than in the front yard.  I didn’t have enough, so I decided to add a few flowers from the hydrangea bush.  I arranged the flowers and left them on the table for my husband to see when he came home from work.  They looked pretty and I thought the flowers would make him smile when he came home hot and tired. One thing I didn’t realize was how well the arrangement is suited to Gainesville.  When my husband came home he immediately saw the flowers and the colors – orange and blue.  When I  got home,  he said he thought the flowers were very pretty, but wasn’t I carrying the “Gator” thing a bit far?  Where in the world did I find orange and blue flowers?

For those of you that are not familiar with Gainesville, Florida, this is a big, big football town and the football team for the University of Florida is the Gators – and you guessed it, the school and football colors are orange and blue. 

If I had wanted to get a flower arrangement with orange and blue flowers, I probably wouldn’t easily find them – and here they were, growing in my yard all along.


About Mme Jocelyne

Hi, I'm a transplanted northerner–(born and raised in New York to French immigrants–Oui je parle Francais)-living in Florida for 20 years. In the 70's I worked as a realtor in the Bronx – City Island to be exact. Then I started a family and didn't keep up my license. I aspired to a career in architecture, so I went to New York Institute of Technology for three years, moved to Florida and finished my degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville. After 10 years of working in my dream career I sustained an injury to my shoulder. This injury never healed because I was constantly on the computer doing cad design. I finally decided to make a career change – something where I could use my training as an architect. Needless to say, I was worried – where will the money come from? How will I be able to afford my career change? But, I put my faith in God and went for it. It’s the best move I ever made, other than my husband, children and dogs.

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