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More on trees 22 March 2011

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Yesterday’s post about trees made me remember another little anecdote I heard recently.

When I was back in the Netherlands, I met this fantastic old lady. She was bright, 91 years old, and had a real twinkle in her eye. She was about five-foot flat, and she had been a doctor in her working life.

She had us all in stitches as she was telling us her stories on being a “house doctor” early on in her career, when she delivered over 30 children in the town where she worked. She was joking that the mattress used to be about eye height for her, and during deliveries, she used to crawl up onto the bed with the woman who was in labour to be able to assist the delivery.

However, she mused, going from house to house was not for her, and she soon changed her vocation to private practice, as whenever she went on a house visit, they were always serving her tea and coffee. And she couldn’t refuse, of course. But there were not very many trees along the road she normally travelled.

From the twinkle in her eye, the subtext was clear – she had to give up her job as a house doctor to accommodate her bladder.


K-I-S-S-I-N-G 21 March 2011

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One of my Vietnamese friends has fallen in love with an Australian girl and he recently went to Sydney to visit her. Before he went, he came to see me for a chat, and I was teasing him, by saying

(his name) and (her name), sitting in a tree
Kay-eye-ess-ess-eye-en-gee!! (K-I-S-S-I-N-G)

He thought this was very funny, and I thought it would be a humourous insight into school yard teasing for him. He had a marvellous time, and he posted lots of photos on Facebook, for everyone to enjoy his time with him.

When he came back, I was so pleased for him, and I asked him; “How was your trip?”

He said: “Fantastic, I had such a good time!”

“Great! How was Sydney?”

He went bright red and said “there were a lot of trees everywhere.”

I was initially confused until he reminded me of the previous conversation. In other words, they had found plenty of opportunities for kissing! A gentlemen never kisses and tells, but he can indicate the number of trees he has encountered 😉

Good on him.