The Gift of Touch

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

Recently we were in Sam's club and they had a display of flowers in small pots and people would come to it and touch the leaves. They looked so nice, but somehow people thought that they were fake plants.

And they were live.

My wife does not have a green thumb. So, when I saw orchids in every room, I was absolutely sure they were fake. They were so perfect, that they simply could not be live.

Imagine my surprise, when I saw her watering them.

Orchids

We are getting better and better at competing with nature, we are getting more sophisticated, and we can now create another reality, which is so perfect, that it is like real, and it is nearly impossible to tell...

And what do we do when in doubt? We touch. A cool leaf can't lie, and we know that it is live...

You see, touch is so important to us...

We are living and working between the virtual and physical worlds. We spend more and more time in the virtual one... but at the end of the day we need another human being to hold our hand... because we are humans. Because touch means live...

* This is a photo of one of several beautiful orchids, that look too perfect to be live... but when I touch, I know that they are live.

And beautiful...

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John Handschuh ABR SRES
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Jon,

What a great post. The picture is beautiful and I agree one of the greatest gifts we will ever receive is touch. Enjoy your day.

May 29, 2011 12:59 AM #10
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Ha Ha, I thought the same thing when I walked into Sams the other day. I thought they were fake too.

 

May 29, 2011 01:44 AM #11
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Jon - I am impressed at how deep your thoughts were as you wrote this.  WOW!  We do need to be reminded, as we live so much in a virtual world, that it is important to reach out and touch things and people and let them touch us.  This will be my thought for this week - to reach out and touch more people and to stop at times to enjoy nature.  Thank you.

May 29, 2011 02:14 AM #12
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William J. Archambault, Jr.
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Jon,

One of life's harder lessons, telling the difference between fakes and the real thing.

I've seen a stock boy at our local Kroger water plastic plants.

Bill

May 29, 2011 02:24 AM #13
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Thanks, John

May 29, 2011 03:24 AM #14
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Debbie - it was not that much about flowers, it is about life and about people

May 29, 2011 03:25 AM #15
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John (10) thank you.

May 29, 2011 03:25 AM #16
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Missy - it is not surprising.

May 29, 2011 03:26 AM #17
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Barbara - thanks for reading beyond flowers   ;-)

May 29, 2011 03:27 AM #18
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Bill - watering plastic plants?

Don't you think that in the near future we will have another doctors reconized desoder: the inability of a person to tell where it is virtual and where it is real.

And it coudl be a dangerous disorder

May 29, 2011 03:29 AM #19
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Ginny - my wife promised that they will bloom again, I do not really trust her on thhis, but meanwhile I am enjoying looking at this orchid on my table

May 29, 2011 03:30 AM #20
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Oh, I have an orchid plant our son brought me for Easter. It is not looking too well at this time. I do need some help! Great descriptive post, Jon.

May 29, 2011 04:06 AM #21
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Thanks, Dixie.

May 29, 2011 04:45 AM #22
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Hi Jon, A decade or so again, the price of orchids were much higher. They discovered a way to clone and now these amazing flowers are prolific. I have a variety and after over watering the first couple, I discovered that I failed to understand that too much of anything is not so wonderful. With the exception of Love and the Touch of another human being. Unlike the orchid that likes to be enjoyed but not touched,  we were created to thrive best when we are given too much of a good thing (Love and Touch).

May 29, 2011 06:58 AM #23
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PS, I forgot to tell you that your photos are terrific and you captured the essence beautifuly. The Bokeh is also excellent.

May 29, 2011 07:04 AM #24
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Jon,  Your photo is absolutely stunning.  I love the colors and the composition.

May 29, 2011 02:29 PM #25
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I was so tempted to buy an orchid one day recently at Trader Joe's.  I carried it in my cart the whole time I was in the store.  In the end, I put it back . . . to live another day.  I feared my lack of knowledge about what makes them thrive would deprive it of its life long before its time.

We do, if we're lucky, touch other people every day, physically sometimes, emotionally others.  It's all life giving.

May 29, 2011 03:43 PM #26
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William - I think it is called "feeling the shoulder" but I am afraid that  i am simply translating from Russian...

We, humans, are trying tomake even virtual things social. Hence Social Networks, but social is still more rubbing shoulders

Thanks for the compliment.  I am playing with my new camera, but it is far from even understanding what I do not know and what I can't do.

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Thank you, Gary

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Geri - you do not add optimism tothe situation. I would hate seeing them suffer

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